UPDATE: Moline City Council has approved the measure.
Trash cans in Moline could look a lot different by spring. The city may use that empty space on the cans to sell ads.
"This really struck us as something that made a lot of sense and was in the best interest of the citizens of Moline to try to do something other than raise fees or taxes," said City of Moline Municipal Services Director Doug House.
The city would work with National Cart Advertising to sell ads to local businesses.
Each garbage can would have the lid replaced and the ads would be switched out once every three months.
The ads would have QR codes that can be downloaded on to a smart phone.
"And this should generate if successful and expanded city wide upwards to 100,000 dollar a year for the city with very little additional work to staff," said House.
And some residents welcome the idea.
"I think it's a great idea, any way the city can make money with an existing property. I mean hey those garbage cans sit on everybody's curb," said Moline resident John Jones.
"I can't see that it would be harmful in any way, however I do think we are bombarded with advertisements," said Moline resident Anne Jackson.
Still some are concerned with the type of content.
"Tasteful please nothing too shameful or tacky," said Moline resident Rosemary Graham.
The city would first run a one year pilot program of about 1900 garbage carts in Moline near John Deere and 36th avenue.
The city will vote tonight to move forward with the pilot program.
If it passes the new lids will be on garbage carts by the end of March.
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