The City of Fort Wayne's Solid Waste Department system is the best in North America! The Solid Waste Association of North America awarded the City of Fort Wayne the "Gold" award for their One Cart recycling program.
Fort Wayne was evaluated on eight different categories, including; design, planning, performance and public acceptance, all of which Fort Wayne excelled in. In fact, one of the judges gave Fort Wayne a perfect score.
The One Cart recycling program began in January of 2011, with a goal of providing residents with an easier way to recycle and to reduce costs in garbage and recycling collection. Since the program began, recycling participation skyrocketed from 34 percent to 73 percent.
That significant increase in participation made it possible for the city to lower garbage and recycling fees twice in less than a year. Mayor Tom Henry is hoping to increase participation even more, to 80 percent.
Residents desiring to participate in the One Cart recycling program can call 311 and a cart will be delivered to their home.