City Council members say they’re hopeful about new trash collector

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Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 5:15 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Fort Wayne City Council members say they are eager to move forward with GFL Environmental as the trash collector that will replace Red River. Before they take their final vote, they say they want to make certain they do all they can to prevent a situation like we have now.

You may see GFL Environmental’s bright green trucks on the streets collecting the city’s trash by this summer.

Area Vice President Lou Berardicurti and other company executives attended Tuesday night’s meeting and gave a presentation. Council members were able to ask them questions moving forward.

“We’re excited to get through the process and get to work,” Berardicurti said. “Our experience ranges from a lot of communities, Detroit, Florida, Toronto. We are already preparing with trucks, workers, and management.”

Councilman Jason Arp says he’s confident the company will provide quality trash collection but he first wanted to take a closer look at their finances.

“They had losses and that put up an antenna for me,” Arp said. “They actually have cash flow of up to a million dollars and they are in pretty good shape.”

Arp says he discovered they had some losses but worked to erase them. He says he asked the executives about the issues and gave them a presentation and he was pleased with their response. He says they have a decent cash flow and believes they are ready.

“It’s not really about feelings, it’s about making sure our garbage is picked up,” Arp said. “I think this company can do it.”

Councilman Russ Jehl also had some concerns. He says the city’s contract only accepts the cart limit plus three bags of trash, unlike Red River while allowed for unlimited trash. Jehl says he believes people deserve that same service and he wants to make sure the city has a plan to collect the extra trash.

“I don’t want to turn down GFL’s incredible bid, I just want to know there’s a viable option and plan to pick up the rest of the trash,” Jehl said. “I think that there’s a lot to like we just have to make sure we are verifying everything and that they are indeed doing a good job in other communities.”

Council meets to discuss the company’s contract with the city this coming Tuesday.

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