New Trash Haulers Set To Take Over Subway Service Routes – Mid-City Messenger

Over the past year, Metro Service Group has performed only about a third of the services accounted for under its contract, according to city officials. (photo Danae Columbus)

New garbage and recycling collection contracts for areas covered by Metro Service Group became official on Thursday, October 27, marked by a signing ceremony.

Services under the contracts with IV Waste and Waste Pro will begin Nov. 7, the mayor’s office said in a press release.

Mid-City is primarily served by Richard’s Disposal, which retains its contract. However, parts of Faubourg St. John and the City Park and Fairgrounds neighborhoods are within the subway service area.

IV Waste and Waste Pro will now introduce a real-time GPS tracking system, 360 degree camera system and route management technologies.

This new agreement will also promote the return of curbside recycling. Garbage will be picked up once a week.

The territory covered by Metro Service Group has been divided into two. IV Waste holds the contract for Service Area 2, which includes Gentilly, Lakeview and other neighborhoods west of the Industrial Canal. The neighborhoods east of the Industrial Canal are now Service Area 3, which will be covered by Waste Pro.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell signs the city’s new sanitation contracts in a ceremony Thursday. (photo from the mayor’s office)

Since the fall of 2021, according to city officials, Metro has provided only about a third of the services accounted for under their contract.

Metro’s fleet has grown from the 27 trucks required under its contract to eight to 14 trucks. Metro equipment has also been in a constant state of disrepair, as evidenced by regular complaints from residents about leaks from Metro trucks clogging their neighborhoods.

Metro, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and Richard’s Disposal accused the Cantrell administration of failing to pay for the extra tonnage they hauled during the Covid-19 lockdown and after Hurricane Ida, as the demand their contracts.

Metro Service Group has not provided curbside recycling service since before Hurricane Ida and has ignored 5,000 requests for garbage carts submitted by residents over the past year, resulting in bags trash cans, boxes and debris littering our neighborhoods, creating public health risks, the mayor’s office says.

“For more than a year, residents have waited patiently as we seek new contracts for Service Areas 2 and 3,” Sanitation Director Matt Torri said at the signing ceremony. “From November 7, households will no longer have to worry about missed garbage collection, debris being left behind, or not having a replacement cart. Thank you to the residents for their patience; the improvement in service and quality of life they deserve is on the way.

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