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Residents of Galesburg, Ill., will have changes to their recycling program starting in December 2012. According to city officials, after a successful pilot program conducted over a 90 day period in one neighborhood, the city council approved the new solid waste contract that has an every other week pick up schedule.

Officials say the regular curbside pickup will not change. They add that each route has been split in two, creating an "odd" and "even" schedule. Residents will still have refuse picked up on the same day every week but recycling will only be picked up every other week.

The city says Waste Management has produced a calendar specific for each area of town to identify recycling days beginning in December, 2012 and going through December, 2013. The calendar is being mailed out with the annual Recycling and Refuse Program guide next week. Also included with the calendar and Recycling and Refuse Program guide will be a recycling information sheet to remind residents what can and cannot be recycled.

In addition to the new schedule, officials say new recycling carts will also be making their way to residents' curbs very soon. They will take the place of the 18 gallon bins currently in use; or residents may choose to continue using the bin.

The carts are described as durable and come with wheels making transport of two weeks worth of household recycling to the curb less of a burden, according to city officials. In addition, the attached lid eliminates blowing litter that often occurs with use of the open bin.

Any questions about recycling or solid waste disposal can be directed to the Community Development at 309/345-3614 or Waste Management at 309/343-0256. Residents can also visit the city website at: http://www.ci.galesburg.il.us/services/recycling_refuse_and_yard_waste/