FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Wondering why your trash pick-up may be delayed? Fort Wayne’s trash and recycling contractor Red River Waste Solutions blames the national labor shortage — among other reasons.
They’re having difficulty hiring the necessary employees and keeping the ones they already have.
Fort Wayne homeowner Rezz Gold says it's really hit or miss.
“Sometimes they come, sometimes it takes a while,” Gold said.
City Councilman Geoff Paddock says it was particularly noticeable after Memorial Day weekend.
“We had a one-day delay and a lot of catching up to do over the last few days so we did see some back-ups, unfortunately,” Paddock said.
Why’re they running behind?
Paddock says one reason is they’re having difficulty finding new employees, and even when they find them, they don’t stay on.
His district has a lot of narrow streets and alleyways that make it difficult and time-consuming for drivers to pick up.
“Stopping every 150 feet or so to pick up garbage is not an easy position,” Paddock said.
Steve Smith at Red River Waste Solutions says it’s been increasingly hard to fill the Service Tech position — needed for collection in alleyways and tight streets in downtown and surrounding areas.
“Our industry is impacted because residential collection —more people that work from home or are staying home or changing that kind of behavior pattern — are producing more waste at home,” Smith said.