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How should trash and recycling be done in Fort Wayne?

February 6, 2010

Do you have opinions about the next City contract for trash and recycling services? Do you, for example, want to see weekly recycling in a single bin?

Feel free to submit your opinions to the Association. We will forward the opinion of the Association to the committee that has been formed to investigate the matter. You can also contact the committee directly.

The following is a City press release:

Group Looks at Garbage and Recycling Practices

Fort Wayne , Ind. –   Mayor Tom Henry is asking community leaders to assist in defining the criteria for the garbage and recycling contract.  The mayor recently formed a Solid Waste Contract Committee that includes Neighborhood Partnership representatives, members of City Council and representatives from the Public Works department. 

“This is a strong group of diverse voices that are closely tied to listening to and representing the public, and taking public input. I believe they will come up with solid recommendations that will be good for the City,” said Mayor Tom Henry.

The committee includes three council members and four neighborhood partnership leaders – all are leaders who speak frequently with the residents of Fort Wayne .

The group is examining solid waste collection and recycling practices in the City including the study of recycling incentive programs, collection processes and bid specifications for the recycle/garbage contract. 

The group will meet through mid-year before making recommendations to be included in the bid document.  The committee will remain in place to assist in preparing the bid document, reviewing prospective bids and finally, recommendations to the Board of Works and the City Council.

Committee Members include: Adrienne Mauer – Southwest Neighborhood Partnership Chair, Bill Crowley – Southeast Neighborhood Partnership Chair, David Kohli – Northeast Neighborhood Partnership Chair, Rod Vargo – Northwest Neighborhood Partnership Co-Chair, Liz Brown –City Council Member – At-large, Karen Goldner – City Council Member – 2nd District, Glynn Hines – City Council Member – 6th District, Bob Kennedy – Director of Public Works, Matt Gratz – Solid Waste Program Manager.

 A strong solid waste collection and recycling program is critical to the City. Last year the city collected 98,210 tons of garbage and 9,097 tons of recyclable products from Fort Wayne neighborhoods.

One Comment leave one →
  1. pat thomson permalink
    February 8, 2010 9:04 pm

    My suggestion is to make recycling pick-up a weekly event.

    With our current bi-weekly schedule, I am troubled to see, on the off week, trash bins overflowing with cardboard, cans and soda bottles that could have been recycled.

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