BLOOMINGTON — Both Bloomington and Normal have altered their trash pickup schedules for the Christmas holiday.
And starting Jan. 1, there will be some changes in bulky waste and brush pickup in Bloomington.
Because of the holiday weekend, there will be no garbage or recycling collected on Monday in Bloomington. Garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be collected Tuesday along with the usual Tuesday routes.
“It's a tough day,” Jim Karch, Bloomington's director of public works, said of the double duty on the day after the extended holiday weekend.
Residents can make that tough day easier by not overloading their trash carts, said Karch.
In Normal, trash and recycling will be picked up as usual on Friday and Monday but there will be no bulky waste or brush picked up Monday. Bulky waste and brush may be collected on Monday's route later in the week, as time permits, according to the town.
Christmas trees are considered brush in both communities. All ornamentation, from lights to tinsel, should be removed from the trees before placing them out for collection.
Normal reminds residents to place brush, including Christmas trees, at least 3 feet away from trash and recycling carts, poles, cars or other obstructions.
As for those Christmas lights that no longer work or aren't wanted, McLean County residents can recycle them at the self-service electronics recycling drop-off site at Normal's public works facility at 1301 Warriner St., Normal, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month, except this Friday and Monday and Jan. 2.
Bloomington bulky waste
Starting Jan. 1, Bloomington will be collecting bulky waste and brush every other week, on weeks when recycling is not collected.
When the city switched to alternating weeks for bulky waste and brush pickup, it had been on the same weeks as when recycling was picked up.
However, Karch said, doing that was “operationally, the most difficult” and resulted in “too many trucks in the same neighborhoods."
Switching brush/bulky waste collections to the nonrecycling weeks will “minimize overlap and increase efficiencies,” he said.
Printed fliers with maps and a calendar indicating collection schedules are going out with Bloomington's water bills. Karch said some people have received them and others will receive them soon.
He recommends that residents put the calendar on their refrigerators for handy reference.