City fines Red River for trash collection problems

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The City of Fort Wayne has fined Red River Waste Solutions more than $65,000 for problems in trash collection.

The first fine of $15,000 was issued in April, and a second fine of more than $50,000 was assessed for May for what the city calls “not meeting certain benchmarks as outlined in the garbage and recycling contract.”

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“We expect better results from Red River,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “My staff and I, along with City Council, are adamant that improvements need to be made to ensure garbage and recycling collection procedures and outcomes meet the needs and expectations of our residents and neighborhoods. No provider is perfect, and it’s appropriate for us to allow them additional time to perform their duties.”

Red River started their contract with the city on January 2. The city adds that garbage and recycling contractors are experiencing a shortage of drivers across the country.

The city received five bids for the garbage and recycling contract, with Red River coming in at the lowest bid of $6.96 million. The bid was unanimously approved by the City Council and the Board of Public Works.

If you have missed pickups or questions, please call 311.

 

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