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Bad, bad burn pile

Here in the Fort there is a bidding war amongst those who can better serve us collecting-recycling our trash, and the process of choosing. I am not one to think of my trash once collected, or recycled as "out of sight, out of mind" so I have taken a keen interest how the city is playing this out.
This is what I posted on the Fort Wayne Blog:

"What is wrong with a cleaner, more efficient, quieter, updated(greener) trash recycling collection service for Fort Wayne. I asked the city for a 48 gallon container, they delivered a 90 gallon. I put in this container at the most 1 grocery sack of garbage. I compost everything else. I also put out at the most 4 bins of recyclables. Natn’l Serv-All wakes me up at 5 in the morning clanging, banging, flashing lights like nobodys business. They leave me trash goodies all over the street to pick up, and dispose of yet again. Most of the neighbors here will not recycle, or compost so they fill up 90 gallons plus, and have bags and bags of crap piled up on the curb. So charge me less!"

The process that selected National Serv-All is the same process being denied Earth First; a fledgling service, but one to be taken seriously; city says the process might not be proper. What hipocrisy.

People do not want to pay more for exceeding the limit of trash they put out, they also will not make an effort to compost, or recycle more. But they WILL pay more for landfill space, clean-up of old toxic landfills(superfund sites).... more hipocrisy.

I know for a fact that people still "burn" household trash, and lots of it in the city limits. I am talking about clothing, and the hangers they hung on, plastic bins, toys, plastic, and aluminum food containers, coats, jackets, blankets, rugs.... I stood and watched a homeowner burn all of this stuff near a community garden and was shocked out of my bum. I was later told to call 911 not 311. This is a sad way for people to avoid recycling, reusing, or paying trash exceedence(sic) fees, other than dumping it somewhere else.
Ephraim watcha gonna do about this burn pile!???

I wish I had had my downloaded copies of "Learn Before You Burn" But he would have tossed that into the flames also, I'm afraid.

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Comment by Ellen on January 28, 2012 at 4:38pm

People are recycling more....great, but according to the comment thread, #3, #5, #7 plastics are not getting recycled once put into the carts, and are being dumped into landfill?  Hmmmm....this  is something I need to look into. I know there was a report done by Bloomington Alternative on tracking recyclables, from personal bins to the recycling centers. Found out glass was just being dumped, as well as other items if I remember right.




Comment by Ellen on April 5, 2011 at 8:25am

Well well....no surprise here. 

Recycling carts go to 6 in 10

Single-bin system eases participation

– Nearly two-thirds of Fort Wayne’s households signed up for the city’s new recycling program, which could lead to a surge in recycling participation and revenue for the city.


Comment by Ellen on January 12, 2011 at 10:39am


Received my new recycling cart. A bidding war has begun.......

Financing on Fort Wayne recycling carts delayed

of The News-SentinelThe city has put the financing for $2.7 million in recycling carts on hold again. The problem this time is that only a thin margin separates a bidder from Arizona and a bidder with offices in Fort Wayne.




Comment by Ellen on January 4, 2011 at 9:38am

To answer my own question, who is checking the trash for e-waste?...........NOBODY!!

'The law is needed, but unfortunately, does not have any teeth since violators aren’t subject to any criminal or civil penalties. With luck, just knowing that it is illegal will keep most Hoosiers from hiding
their discarded computers at the bottom of the garbage cart.'


Comment by Ellen on December 30, 2010 at 9:59am

Recycling Programs

Electronics Recycling


     Allen County businesses and residents recycled over 217,000 pounds of computers and electronic equipment in 2008! 

    Computers and electronic devices contain hazardous materials, such as mercury.  If not properly disposed of, these hazardous materials can
contaminate our water, soil, and endanger our health.

     In 2002, The Allen County Solid Waste Management District partnered with OmniSource to offer a year-round  Electronics Recycling program, to
Allen County residents, businesses and non-profit agencies

            Allen County residents can drop off unwanted computer & electronic equipment at:

1143 Fairview Avenue, Gate #7
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
Monday through Friday:  8am until 4:30pm
Saturday: 8am - 12pm
(Click here for a map)

Material Accepted:

  • Answering Machines
  • Audio Tapes/Video Tapes
  • Blue Tooth Enabled Peripherals
  • Boom Boxes
  • Calculators
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Cassette Players
  • CD Players
  • Cell Phones
  • Circuit Boards & Loose Circuit Boards
  • Copy Machines
  • Cords & Cables (power, USB, etc.)
  • CPUs
  • CRT Monitors
  • Drives (Hard, Zip, CD, Tape)
  • DVD Players
  • DVR Players
  • Fax Machines
  • Keyboards
  • Laptops
  • MP3 Players/iPods
  • Monitors
  • Mouse
  • Motherboards
  • Microwaves
  • Pagers
  • Palm Organizers
  • Paper Shredders
  • Personal Computer Units (Includes hard drive/desk top CPU, keyboard, monitor, modem, CD/Zip/tape drive, printer & mouse)
  • Portable Stereo Devices
  • Printers (Bubble, Jet, Dot Matrix, Laser)
  • Networking Devices
  • Radio/Stereo Components
  • Routers
  • Scanners
  • Speakers
  • Stereos with or without speakers
  • Telephones
  • Telephone Equipment
  • Televisions (all sizes)
  • Console Televisions
  • Flat Panel Televisions
  • Terminals
  • Typewriters (electronic)
  • UPS
  • VCRs
  • Video Game Players & Accessories
  • Video Tapes/Audio Tapes

Each vehicle will be assessed a $5.00 fee to recycled up to five (5) items per trip. A personal computer with all its components counts as one (1) item. There is a limit of three (3) drop-offs or 15 items per household, per year.

This program is open to Allen County RESIDENTS ONLY. Businesses and non-profit organizations that wish to recycle office equipment must call the
District office at 449-7879.

Material NOT Accepted:  .

  • Air Conditioner
  • Ballasts
  • De-humidifiers
  • Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Liquids
  • Ovens
  • Refrigerators
  • Washers


Comment by Ellen on December 28, 2010 at 10:11am


Indiana bans electronics in trash

Dec 27, 2010 4:18 PM EST

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Indianapolis - Effective January 1, 2011, Indiana households, public schools, and small businesses will no longer be allowed to mix unwanted electronics
with municipal waste that's intended for disposal at a landfill or by
burning or incineration. This ban is implemented in cooperation with
state law.

Can't wait to see how this evolves for people who just absolutely refuse to recycle their e- waste,  you know, the ones that continue to dump everything, and anything into those 94 gal. plus garbage bins/dumpsters.





OK...so who is going to check the trash bags full of stuff, possibly
electronics, thrown into the trash bins illegally, starting Jan.1 , and
how are violation notices handled??
Comment by Ellen on October 17, 2010 at 3:31pm
all right.....chipped carts!
Radio tags to track recycling carts’ use in Fort Wayne

City hopes to encourage more people to participate
Benjamin Lanka | The Journal Gazette

FORT WAYNE – It isn’t difficult to tell who recycles – a simple drive down any residential street the night before collection day will show who is putting out bins and who isn’t.

But after the collection is finished and the bins are put away, the statistics vanish. That changes next year when Fort Wayne will have residents use new, larger recycling carts fitted with RFID tags.

Comment by Ellen on September 15, 2010 at 3:13pm
Council reverses Serv-All decision
Approves waste contract with fuel-price escalation.

By Bob Caylor
of The News-Sentinel

Fort Wayne City Council reversed itself Tuesday night on a key part of the seven-year solid-waste management agreement with National Serv-All. Six of the eight council members present voted to pay Serv-All to bury the waste; last week, by a vote of 5-3, they recommended against approving the same contract.
Comment by Ellen on September 10, 2010 at 9:10am
O.K., now I am really confused......taxpayers paid for a committee panel to hash out a contract deal with Natn'l serve-all, it was a done deal, but the deal was dashed at council, after president of a potential competitor to Serv-All, discussed his plans for opening a new landfill in Allen County.

Garbage vote kills work by city panel

Benjamin Lanka | The Journal Gazette

FORT WAYNE – In just more than 90 minutes, months of research and debate were dismissed.

Amid confusion and “smoke,” the City Council not only rejected a proposed seven-year garbage disposal contract with National Serv-All but also the efforts of a committee that worked on the contract since early this year.

Councilwoman Karen Goldner, D-2nd, served on that committee and said many of the questions raised at the council table were already hashed out by the committee, which reached the compromise presented to the council.

“It called into question the whole point of having the committee,” she said.

The council voted 5-3 Tuesday against the disposal contract with Serv-All but overwhelmingly approved contracts with the company for recycling and garbage collection and recycling disposal.

Say what??????

Comment by Ellen on September 3, 2010 at 7:41pm
County’s trash, cash dwindling......it's a good thing....I mean the thing about the trash ...right??

Published: September 1, 2010 3:00 a.m.
Waste panel taps reserves
Benjamin Lanka | The Journal Gazette

In a heavily manufacturing-based economy like northeast Indiana’s, one clear indicator of the recession is the trash can.

When people are building less and buying less, they are also pitching less, and people and businesses have been throwing away a lot less in Allen County.

Landfill reports from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management show the amount of disposed solid waste in Allen County dropped from more than 1 million tons in 2006 to 721,000 tons last year – the lowest total in at least a decade. ......read the rest of the post especially the paragraph with Burrus stating....."If things don’t improve, Burrus said the district will have to examine ways to cut costs or raise revenue. " lol ....well for starters, increase trash rates for industry, implement trash exceedance fees for flat raters


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