Councilman declares Red River Waste Solutions in breach of contract

(Photo Supplied/Red River Waste Solutions)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): One Fort Wayne City Councilman is done waiting for the city’s garbage collectors to get their act together.

Citing a growing number of complaints about late or missed trash pickups that have been mounting since the beginning of the year, Councilman Russ Jehl Tuesday night announced he would be introducing a resolution to declare Red River Waste Solutions in breach of their contract with the City.

RELATED: City fines Red River for trash collection problems

The Journal Gazette reports the resolution would be nonbinding but would still empower Mayor Tom Henry’s administration to take action against Red River, which has so far been fined a total of $65,000 for problems they’ve blamed on new drivers, unfamiliar routes, and even the weather.

Jehl says the city receives about 1,600 complaints about Red River’s performance every month. Red River was chosen to take over the city’s trash services after having a lower bid than Republic Services, which had been handling things for 20 years.


  1. You get what you pay for. The City pulled the same stunt with City Utilities bills. Switch to another vendor, who is out of town, to save money. How long did it take them to actually send out a bill that indicated what your actual usage was, not just a blank statement saying this is how much you owe? I believe it was well over six months. Prior to that, STAR Bank had been handling things just fine. Again, you get what you pay for.

  2. With any service industry you get what you pay for. I’m all for saving money for the tax payer. I doubt issues with Red River performance started in Fort Wayne. Who was responsible for reviewing their previous work? How much did Fort Wayne save by not signing with Republic Services? Answers to these and other common sense questions should be included in future news reports on this topic.

  3. I’ve had issues since the contract went to Red River and I have not been happy. And funnily enough, TODAY my trash was not picked up before I went to work at noon (I know they have until 5pm, but usually they are there in the morning). When I heard about Jehl’s proposal, I was happy. Wondered if the lateness today was a “response”.

  4. I have been happy with my service! I think anytime there’s a new service provider that comes in there’s going to be some stumbling blocks at first. RRWS is a good company with a solid reputation as far as I can see. I hope the city can put aside politics and do what is right for the city and its residents!

  5. Well the Henry Family isn’t sqeeky clean folks take the time and do the homework Corruption runs deep in that Henry Family . period it its a fact . Time for new leaders.


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