As if garbage didn’t stink enough, the Condo Refuse Rebate is being phased out through 2016, when it will be eliminated altogether, part of the same 2012 budget that cut library funding. Be sure to get your rebate application to your alderman by Jan. 31, or you’ll lose out on the refund much sooner. As in immediately and permanently. If you didn’t receive a rebate between 2009 and 2011 (eg, new construction and conversions), don’t even bother to fill out the paperwork; you’re already ineligible.
Large management companies should have been alerted to these changes, but be sure to confirm with your representative. A summary of the new rules:
The phase-out provides a rebate of $75 per eligible unit for 2011 refuse collection costs. That figure drops to $50 for 2012 and $25 for the years 2013-2015. Then zippo thereafter. Information about the application process, including the required forms, is available online.