Continued impact of COVID forces garbage pickup protocol change

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The City of Fort Wayne says that the ongoing pandemic has forced changes to waste pickup protocols again. Starting this week, residents will only be able to use city-issued bins for garbage and recycling. This was a practice the City had previously implemented last year.

However, after a decline in COVID transmission – the restrictions were lifted.

The City issued the following regarding the shift:

Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 cases locally, beginning Monday, Oct. 4, garbage and recycling crews will collect only City of Fort Wayne-issued carts used for residential collection. In addition, workers will collect one bulk item per week per household. A bulk item is considered furniture or a large non-freon item that doesn’t fit in the collection bin.

These restrictions are being reinstituted to protect workers and residents. These practices are similar among other refuse hauling companies across the country and assist in the efficiency of getting garbage and recycling materials collected even through driver shortages and equipment challenges that are being experienced locally, statewide and nationwide.

When drivers are quarantined due to a personal case of COVID-19, a family case of COVID-19 or exposure to the virus, it makes timely collections more difficult. Also, routes are completed faster when extra bags outside of carts and additional bulk items don’t have to be collected.

The updated collection process will remain in effect until further notice. This type of collection was implemented for several months in 2020 and into 2021 as a result of COVID-19.

Residents are reminded that lids on garbage and recycling bins should be closed when placed at the curb or alley for collection. Residents interested in obtaining additional City-issued garbage bins for $2 and/or additional City-issued recycling bins at no charge should contact 311.

Residents should place yard waste in City-issued garbage bins or take yard waste, including leaves, limbs and branches to the City Utilities Biosolids facility at 6202 Lake Ave. Drop off fees are $1 per 100 pounds.

Biosolids Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday Noon-6 p.m.