Group looks at garbage and recycling practices

I am asking community leaders to assist in defining the criteria for the garbage and recycling contract. I recently formed a Solid Waste Contract Committee that includes Area 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.

The committee includes three council members and four area 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.

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