Red River Replacement Q&A with City Attorney

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three companies have submitted bids to be Fort Wayne’s next trash collector. The hope is to have a contract with a new company by the end of April and for the new carrier to begin collection on July 1, replacing Red River Waste Solutions.

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Waste Management of Indiana, GFL Environmental USA and Republic Services of Indiana all submitted bids.

The current contract with Red River is for unlimited waste and recycling collection. This means anyone can dump as much trash or loose items as they want whenever they want. Bulk items are things like furniture and mattresses.

Fort Wayne residents currently pay $12 a month for their garbage and recycling bill, of which $7.95 is the direct cost of Red River’s contract rate, city spokesman John Perlich told WAN 15.

“Alternative offers” for unlimited service would be the direct comparison to Fort Wayne’s current level of service.

GFL Environmental USA’s offer for unlimited collection would be $11.15 per household. Republic Services’ offer for unlimited collection is $18.90 per household and Waste Management’s offer for unlimited collection is $25.07 per household.

Each company submitted a base offer and two alternatives, based on service level. The lowest bid for the lowest tier of basic collection only was from GFL for $9.60 per household. Republic Services’ base offer was $11.28 and Waste Management’s base offer was $11.56 per household.

On Wednesday, WANE 15’s Alyssa Ivanson sat down with Fort Wayne City Attorney Tim Haffner to go over the offers. Watch the videos below to hear Haffner’s answers to his questions.

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