Fort Wayne to continue garbage collection by cart-only collection amid coronavirus pandemic

Fort Wayne city officials say until further notice, weekly garbage collection is limited to city-issued carts only.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 12:44 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 1:15 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) —  The COVID-19 pandemic kept many residents at home this spring, and that's believed to be the cause of a substantial increase in the garbage disposal for the city.

"Many people believe that because we restricted refuse to 'carts only' during the statewide shutdown, they were throwing away less, but that's not the case at all," Solid Waste Manager for the city of Fort Wayne Matt Gratz said. "As households that usually didn't fill a cart were forced to stay at home and with many restaurants closed, disposable packaging began to fill carts to the brim. Additionally, residents were spending more time cleaning out closets and cabinets, doing yard and garden work and remodeling, resulting in a significant increase in waste coming from homes."

Gratz added that the spring of 2020 proved to be the most massive waste month of any spring in the city's residential collection history.

It was an increase of 434,000 pounds or 217 tons.

"Another reason for the increase in tonnage is that the city's program is a residential program. As many people were working from home during the pandemic, waste usually disposed of at a place of work, was now adding to the residential tonnage," Gratz said. "We are continuing our limitation to city-issued 'carts only' to avoid further delays.”

Officials say until further notice, the weekly collection is limited to city-issued carts only.

The city says additional bags, boxes and personal containers that are not in the cart will not be collected.

Residents can dispose of one bulk item per week.

Bulk items include non-freon appliances and furniture.

Mattresses and box springs are bulk items, but they must be bagged or wrapped with plastic when set out for collection.

Electronics and freon appliances will not be collected.

For more information on bulk items, visit the city's website.

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