Garbage truck collects

Fort Wayne garbage and recycling must be in city-issued carts or they won’t be collected. Collection trucks are designed with arms to lift the carts without workers touching them. Companies don’t want to expose workers to COVID-19 by handling other bins and containers left out by residents.

Beginning on March 23, garbage and recycling crews will collect only city of Fort Wayne-issued carts used for residential collection. Workers will not pick up additional personal containers, bags, boxes or bulk items. Following public health guidelines, these restrictions are being instituted by refuse hauling companies across the nation to protect workers and help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Garbage and recycling collection is essential to our health,” Mayor Tom Henry said in the announcement, “our neighborhoods and our community. But during these unusual times, we need to make changes to protect our neighbors who work to provide the vital service of garbage collection. As we all pull together during this unprecedented pandemic, we trust that our residents will do their part to keep these valuable workers and our community safer.”

Cart lids should be closed when placed properly for collection. This restriction will remain in effect through at least April 15.

Residents can 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: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday through March 30; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday April 1-Nov. 30.

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