Grayslake adopts business recycling program
BY ED COLLINS For Sun-Times Media October 2, 2013 7:52PM
Grayslake recently chose Groot Industries to remove waste and recycling for businesses. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: December 2, 2013 3:40PM
GRAYSLAKE — Village trustees authorized a commercial and multi-family waste hauling and recycling franchise agreement with Groot Industries, Inc. on Tuesday night, Oct. 1.
The program will begin in 2015 following a state-mandated 15-month waiting period.
Mayor Rhett Taylor said planning for the cooperative program is not new.
“It began nearly a year and one half ago when the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Commission suggested the Village consider implementing such a waste disposal program that would also foster more recycling and save local businesses money,” he said.
Currently, businesses and multi-family complexes of more than eight units are on their own to dispose of waste, although Grayslake has sponsored a residential garbage and recycling program for years.
Grayslake is now one of a handful of communities that will offer their commercial businesses and multi-family complexes weekly waste disposal and recycling services. Both Highland Park and Highwood currently offer such a program, and Gurnee is in the process of organizing one. Other communities are studying the possibility.
The proposed program provides that all businesses that are not home-based, along with multi-family buildings would be included in weekly pickups of garbage, recycling and given an option to dispose of food scraps.
Groot will also offer two free paper-shredding events annually for both residents and businesses.
Businesses would pay the cost of weekly waste hauling services direct to the waste hauler, but recycling pickups up to a 96-gallon container would be free. Annual price adjustments would be based on the Consumer Price Index and extra surcharges or hidden fees would be prohibited under the contract.
Trustee Kevin Waldenstrom, a local small business owner who strongly backs the new plan, said by organizing such a cooperative village-wide program all participating businesses will benefit by having a waste disposal-recycling plan that saves money for businesses.
During the coming year, Groot representatives plan to meet with all of Grayslake’s business owners to work out individual hauling arrangements and pricing for the new program that begins about February 2015. The company already privately serves about 50 percent of Grayslake’s businesses.
Groot Industries, in Elk Grove Village, is the largest independent solid waste provider in the state. It has been family owned and operated since 1914.