The city's grid system of garbage collection, first implemented last month on the North Side, will be rolled out on the Northwest Side later this month.
The city announced Friday that grid collection for more than 72,000 Northwest Side households will begin July 30. The second phase in the citywide roll-out will take place in wards 33, 38, 39, 41 and 45, and small portions of wards 30, 35, and 40, a release from the Mayor's office said.
The grid system changes collection routes from non-linear ward geography to a system of routes bordered by main streets and natural boundaries. The service model concentrates sanitation workers in targeted areas each day and creates balanced service regions to improve daily collection performance, the city says.
By utilizing more efficient routes, the Department of Streets and Sanitation can use fewer crews to provide the same weekly services while saving millions in operation costs, the city says. Additionally, by working in a grid, it is expected the city will significantly reduce fuel, vehicle purchase and vehicle maintenance costs.