It seems like every time Naperville city officials get money from somewhere, it costs Naperville residents more money. It happened again last July, when the city received a $900,000 grant from the State of Illinois intended to help pay for a new recycling facility expected to cost about $1.2 million. The key word is ‘expected’ since these types of things always end up costing more.
The State of Illinois is basically broke, but keeps giving more money away, while the City of Naperville acts as an enabler by taking money the State doesn’t have, to build things that aren’t really needed. Again, it’s a classic example of Naperville focusing on unnecessary wants versus needs. Sooner or later city officials will be doing a money grab for the world’s largest puppet theatre; another first for Naperville.
If you’re going to have a recycling center, you’d better have all your residents recycling, since you surely don’t want to be second to Aurora, Bolingbrook, or Joliet. That means Naperville is on the hook for slightly less than $2 million worth of rolling recycle carts (about 41,000 carts). When Naperville is on the hook, that means residents are the bait. It appears the plan is to bill residents about $4 month for nine to twelve months to offset the cost of the carts. It will be buried somewhere on your monthly electric, water, and refuse bill, similar to all those fees on your telephone bills.
City officials say residents will not be forced to purchase the carts, however knowing how government works, one would imagine that in time, residents could be fined for tossing paper and plastic into their garbage cans, making the cost of the cart more appealing.
Residents will have a choice of 32, 65, or the Buick-size 95 gallon carts. For me personally, the question is, where do I put it if I get one. Last weekend I cleaned out and re-organized my garage to the point it looks like the Container Store; I have no where to put it, other than outside (Naper-tucky), or move a car out of the garage and into the driveway, which defeats the purpose of a garage.
The cool thing about the carts, other than having wheels, is that they have lids, so on those windy days, papers won’t be flying through the air. But there is no way I’d have enough recyclables to fill even the 32 gallon Fiat-size container.
Upon further thought, it might have been more fiscally prudent for Naperville to decline the grant, thereby letting the State keep the money it doesn’t have, not build the recycling center (let Bolingbrook do it), and not squeeze more dollars out of Naperville residents.
As for the 41,000 rolling carts, they could be used for a contest during the Last Fling, something similiar to the ‘Wife Carrying World Championships’ in Finland, except the rolling carts would be filled with kegs of beer and raced to the beer tents.