New plan for garbage and recycling in Fort Wayne

Mayor Tom Henry introduced an initiative to help garbage and recycling collection services.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 7:27 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 8:47 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Mayor Tom Henry introduced an initiative to help garbage and recycling collection services.

Starting July 1, several employees of the City of Fort Wayne’s Street Department will work on their off-hours to collect garbage and recycling misses that exceed 24 hours from the time a miss is reported.

Red River Waste Solutions, the City’s garbage and recycling collection contractor, has until the end of the following business day to collect the materials.

If the materials aren’t collected by that following business day, the City’s plan will go into effect. Residents are urged to continue to call 311 to report the misses for the new plan.

Compensation for the employees and equipment used to collect materials will be paid for by fines the City collects from Red River.

Fines are assessed if certain benchmarks outlined in the garbage and recycling contract are not met.

The city said for the past several months, Red River missed between 1 to 2 percent of households each week.

Here's a look at comparisons of collections during this time last year:

-Verified garbage misses for January-May 2018: 8,218

-Verified garbage misses for January-May 2019: 6,322

A reduction of 23%- Over those 22 weeks, nearly 1.8 million garbage collections were made.

-Verified recycling misses for January-May 2018: 4,571

-Verified recycling misses for January-May 2019: 1,948

A reduction of 57%- Over those 22 weeks, 803,000 recycling collections were made.

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