PORTAGE | Delivery of the new 96-gallon trash and recycling toters has been delayed to about half of the city.
Two toters were supposed to have been delivered to every residence by Feb. 4, when the city kicks off its new trash and recycling program and schedule.
However, said Randy Reeder, assistant street/sanitation department superintendent, Republic Services, which was contracted by the city to provide the toters has been delayed in delivering the containers.
"There are 19 employees delivering carts seven days a week, eight to 10 hours a day. However, due to the recent weather conditions, the delivery of the carts has been slightly behind our anticipated delivery date of Feb. 4," Jim Metros of Republic Services said in a written statement.
Reeder said totes have not been delivered to areas in the new Monday and Wednesday pick-up zones, which affects about 5,000 households. That area includes the city north of Central Avenue and a small pocket south of Central Avenue bordered by Willowdale Road on the east, County Line Road on the west and Stone Avenue on the south.
Despite the late delivery of the carts, Reeder said, the new trash and recycling pickup schedules will be in effect for the entire city beginning Monday. Those residents without toters are asked to put out their trash and recycling in their old containers until the new carts are delivered. He estimated the company would have all of them delivered by Feb. 22.
For more information, visit the city's website at www.portage-recycles.com or call the sanitation department at (219) 762-4564.