City: One-third of Red River drivers out sick

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 11:50 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Nearly one-third of the drivers for Red River Waste Solutions are out sick -- a factor adding to the already substantial problems regarding trash collection in the City of Fort Wayne.

Officials on Tuesday said residents and businesses “(continue) to experience delays with the collection of garbage and recycling materials.” In a release, the City said: There have been a number of positive COVID-19 cases with Red River drivers and City of Fort Wayne Street Department employees who assist with after-hours collections. This is resulting in slower collections and residents not getting materials collected on their scheduled day. Residents should continue to set out materials on the normal collection day. We’re working diligently to get as many materials collected as soon as possible. Currently, collections are a day and a half to two days behind. We anticipate those delays could last for the next few weeks.

The winter COVID-19 surge has been accompanied by a significant flu outbreak in recent weeks. On Friday, Indiana elevated its classification of the influenza situation to “high.”

About 32 percent of Red River drivers are currently out sick, and about 20 percent of public works and city utilities employees are missing time due to illness. To try to reduce the impact, two Solid Waste Department trucks are running nightly routes to aide in the collection of refuse, and “one-to-two” Parks Department crews are manning their garbage truck for use in neighborhoods when possible.

“We continue to ask for patience from the public,” the City said.

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