Mayor Tom Henry Signs Reduced Garbage Recycling Fee

By Maureen Mespell

Mayor Tom Henry Signs Reduced Garbage Recycling Fee

December 17, 2010 Updated Dec 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter)-- Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry signed an ordinance Friday afternoon that will lower garbage and recycling fees for Fort Wayne residents in 2011. The ordinance sets the garbage recycling rate to $11.00 per month per household. That’s a reduction of $.24 per month from 2010.

“Times are tough and it’s difficult for cities to find ways to keep costs in check,” said Mayor Henry. “Not only did Fort Wayne manage to avoid increasing the rate citizens will pay to recycle, we actually will see a reduction in the rate while improving services. This achievement is due in large part to the efforts of the solid waste contract committee, a group made up of neighborhood association representatives, City Council members and Public Works staff members.”

The committee studied the collection process and determined the details of the contract.

National Serv-All won the seven-year contract for the City’s garbage and recycling contracts.

Part of the new contract will be the one-cart recycling program which the City hopes will increase participation in recycling. At this time 42 percent of Fort Wayne households have signed up for the one-cart option. If a Fort Wayne resident still needs to reserve a cart they have several options to do so: sign up online at www.RecycleFortWayne.org, return the postcard they should have received in the mail or call 311.

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