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Recycling collection paused in contracted area
Recycling collection paused in contracted area
Posted on 08/01/2018

Despite its contractual obligation to continue service through the end of this month, it appears that our solid waste contractor, Inland Waste, has ended serving customers in the contracted area (mostly Cordova and Hickory Hill).

This will mean a temporary interruption in recycling service in these areas for up to two weeks.

We were already working to minimize the impact of this, though. Waste Pro, the contractor we hired to take over from Inland through the end of the contract (June 2019), began collecting garbage on Monday. A contractor focusing solely on curbside trash like yard waste is continuing its work, too. Inland was to focus on recycling pickup until Aug. 13, when Waste Pro is scheduled to take over that category, too.

Inland’s suspension of service means that recycling service won’t resume again until the week of Aug 13.

Here’s what we ask of you:

  • If you have a recycling cart on the curb right now awaiting pickup, please bring it back to your house. When Waste Pro is ready to start recycling pickup, we will be back here to let you know.
  • If your recycling cart is already full or becomes full while service is paused, you may take your recyclables to one of the City’s recycling dropoff locations. The most convenient locations for affected customers are Hickory Hill Community Center (3910 Ridgeway Road) and Agricenter International (just off Germantown Parkway, south of Showplace Arena).

Again, this applies only to recycling. Waste Pro has already taken over garbage cart routes.

As we said when we made the announcement of the solid waste pickup changes on July 20, we anticipated some problems that would come with the transition. This was one such problem anticipated, which is why we worked with Waste Pro to start its services before the end of August. We know it’s frustrating, but please know that these problems are the short-term pain associated with getting to the long-term place we all want: a dependable solid waste contractor.

Inland’s decision to stop service further reinforces why Mayor Jim Strickland decided to terminate the contract.

To learn more about the plans to fix solid waste service long-term, read this.

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