Republic Services asserts Fort Wayne recycling and waste contract

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Republic Services is making a public plea to take over as the city of Fort Wayne’s trash and recycling collector.

WANE 15 has obtained a letter which the company plans to publish. The letter details why they believe they are the right choice for Fort Wayne.

You can read it here:

Republic Services is the second-lowest bidder of the three that officially submitted bids. The other two are GFL Environmental USA, which is the lowest bidder, and Waste Management.

WANE 15 also contacted Waste Management and GFL Environmental on Wednesday. Waste Management sent this statement:

WM is committed to caring for our employees, our customers, our communities and the environment. We look forward to the potential opportunity to serve the city of Fort. Wayne and provide safe, clean and timely environmental services to the community, through our CNG fleet initiatives, technological advancements in the industryand fundamental values as we work towards a more sustainable future.

GFL Environmental had not returned any phone calls or emails at the time of writing this report.

You can see the deals with potential monthly pricing from all three companies in the story below:

Red River currently provides unlimited garbage collection services. Fort Wayne Director of Public Works Shan Gunawardena told WANE 15 they would recommend “Alternative Offer 1” to the city council.

This would mean that the new collector will provide a limited service that limits the waste you can place curbside to your bin and three extra bags.

State law dictates that the city awards the contract to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

During a one-on-one with Fort Wayne City attorney Tim Haffner, he notes that the company with the lowest bid won’t automatically get the contract. Haffner notes that the city is looking at several factors, including the company’s experience and whether it’s capable of meeting performance expectations.

Mayor Tom Henry’s office has set a July 1 target date for a new carrier to officially take over Fort Wayne’s residential trash and recycling collection.