So it's out with the old cans and in with new ones because Alton is getting real with recycling.
Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst is trying to clean up his town; one trash can at a time.
Over the next few weeks about 23,000 of these big blue trash and recycle cans will be delivered to Altonians.
A bigger is better, what with unruly raccoons. Allied waste is switching to automated collection. That means no more two man trucks.
Most people recycle 18 to 25% of their waste. Alton residents only eight percent. But with the new automated system; according to allied, 75 percent of household waste is recyclable.
Currently, Alton residents pay about $16.88 a month for trash and recycling. The city of Alton just signed a nine year contract extension with allied waste.
Because of that, the monthly bill will now be $15.25 a month.