READ PROPOSED CONTRACT: Fort Wayne City Council will review a new garbage collection agreement at Tuesday’s meeting

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Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - ABC21 News has obtained the proposed new contract with trash and recycling company GFL Environmental, INC. that will be presented to the Fort Wayne City Council Tuesday night.

The proposed contract with GFL comes after years of frustration with the city’s soon-to-be-former contractor Red River Waste Solutions.

Solid Waste Manager Matt Gratz says the contract price is $10.75 per dwelling unit for trash and recycling collection. Customers will also have to pay additional city fees that will include:

  • Bin Fees
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Leaf Pickup
  • Bulk Waste

City Spokesman John Perlich says the city is still working out the final price for the customer, but he says it should be a few dollars above the $10.75 per unit price for GFL. He says the city council and the Mayor’s office have expected rates to increase all along. He says they are working to offset that rate increase using the city’s ARPA funds.

Perlich says GLF’s rate is also not for unlimited amounts of trash, unlike the Red River contract, they will only take the bin plus three additional trash bags.

The contract calls for service to 83,400 households. The city says the estimated cost of garbage collection for 2022-2023 is $11,100,000. The amount is expected to increase annually.

Perlich says the contract will be introduced at council Tuesday night. Then they will have a discussion at the following meeting May 3rd and then a final vote at their meeting May 10th.

After the final vote, the city will evaluate the additional fees from the city and will come to a final rate decision. Perlich says the Mayor’s office and city council are going to do everything they can to keep those rates down after the continued missed pick-ups and poor service from Red River. He says they want to ensure quality service moving forward.

ABC21 News will be at those meetings with updates.

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