City ‘doing its best’ to help with trash collection, says delays could continue until July

(Fort Wayne's NBC)
Published: May. 31, 2022 at 2:42 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The City of Fort Wayne said Tuesday afternoon that officials are working to help out with missed trash pickups, although delays may continue until the new trash hauler takes over.

A press release says the solid waste department is “doing its best to assist Red River to maintain operational levels for garbage and recycling collection”. The department says it is using City staff to help with Red River’s misses they say are due to staffing issues and a recent increase in trash.

Crews on Tuesday are finishing collection from Thursday and Friday routes and hope to move to Monday routes later in the day. Officials say it is possible that delays could continue until GFL Environmental takes over the collection on July 1.

They say recycling collections will have longer delays, and residents who were scheduled to have recycling collected last week will likely have to wait one more week. Alternatively, anyone can take recyclables to the community recycling drop-off sites listed here. City officials remind residents that because of Memorial Day, scheduled collections were set to be a day later this entire week.

“We ask that residents continue to set out garbage and recycling materials the night before their regularly scheduled day of pickup. We will do our best to provide the collection service as close to their regular day as possible. As often as possible, crews are collecting garbage and recyclables in the evenings and on weekends ... The City apologizes for the inconvenience during this transition period and thanks the residents of Fort Wayne for their continued patience and understanding,” the release says.

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