Effective July 1, 2022, GFL Environmental USA will become the garbage and recycling hauler in Fort Wayne.
Although garbage and recycling services will remain mostly the same for residents, there will be some changes to collection services.
Highlights of the City of Fort Wayne's Solid Waste Collection Plan, effective July 1, 2022
*There won’t be any changes to collection dates or A and B recycling weeks. Residents will continue to use their City-provided bins. Residents will continue to report misses to 311.
*There will be a few changes to how the collection process will work commencing July 1. Materials in the City-provided cart will continue to be collected, along with three additional bags. Residents who regularly have three or more bags are encouraged to sign up for an additional cart for $2 per month to place additional trash items.
*The final rate structure for customers hasn’t been finalized, but rates will be increasing at some point in the near future. We know that we won’t be able to continue to charge just $12 per month for all solid waste-related activities, nor will we set the rates so we overcharge our customers. Our goal is to keep costs as low as possible which is why the City would do bulk collections in-house. A customer’s solid waste bill includes more than just the collection of garbage and recycling materials. Elements that make up the solid waste bill include garbage/recycling collection, garbage disposal, recycling processing, leaf collection, salaries of solid waste staff, cart purchases, fuel/truck payments/utilities, billing, household hazardous waste, neighborhood cleanup program, and dumpsters.
*Bulk collection will be performed by City crews until a permanent solution is agreed upon between the City Administration and City Council. Residents may continue to set out one piece of furniture or non-Freon appliance on collection day. Materials will be collected within 48 hours. Also, be sure to continue to wrap your mattresses and box springs.
Learn more about the City's Solid Waste and Education Plan
Additional Education and Outreach Efforts
*City of Fort Wayne Public Works and Solid Waste leaders will be presenting information at several neighborhood meetings in June – Neighborhood Presidents’ Meeting, Southeast Area Partnership, Northeast Area Partnership, Southwest Area Partnership, and Northwest Area Partnership have been confirmed at this time.
*Information will be shared on the City of Fort Wayne’s website, social media platforms, City TV programming, and public service announcements on television and radio.
*All solid waste customers will receive a postcard in the mail prior to July 1 explaining the key points of how collections will work.
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GFL Environmental USA is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America with facilities throughout Canada and more than half of the U.S. states. GFL has experience in Fort Wayne by operating a transfer station here since 2020, and they have a landfill in Claypool, Ind.
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