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Fort Wayne City Council schedules special meeting to discuss trash contract

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Fort Wayne City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 Tuesday evening to discuss the future of its partnership with Red River Waste Solutions.

While Council normally meets every Tuesday night at this time, this marks the fifth Tuesday of March, which is established as a night off for the body.

But last week Mayor Tom Henry’s office made a call for the special meeting to discuss “an agreement between the City of Fort Wayne and Red River Waste Solutions.”

This agreement will likely pertain to how both parties will close out Red River’s contract as the city’s garbage hauler. Red River has been going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings since late last year, and since then the expectation has been that the conclusion of the process in court will bring an end to the troubled four-year deal.

Earlier this month, the city announced it was opening bidding for a new garbage collection agency to take over. Waste Management of Indiana, GFL Environmental USA, and Republic Services of Indiana submitted bids almost immediately.

City officials have said that a new hauler would be unlikely to take over from Red River right away; Red River has continued to serve Fort Wayne in its current capacity in part based on the need for equipment, drivers and trucks, which would take some time for any new provider to bring in.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 5:30 and will be held in the lower level of Citizens Square; it can also be viewed on the City Council’s website and Facebook page.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.