WM picks up 900 tonnes of waste after contractor files for bankruptcy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — WM was hired by Metro as an emergency contractor when Red River Waste Solutions filed for bankruptcy.

“You can see the relief as we walk through when there are overflowing trash cans,” said collection operations manager Donald DeFazio. “We obviously picked up some extra tonnage in the first two weeks because some things got delayed.”

They have already collected around 900 tons of waste. “Our goal is to get things back to normal,” DeFazio said.

In two weeks, they reached 25,000 homes; On Monday, they started on another 25,000. “Our goal is to get everyone back to their normal trash day,” DeFazio said. “It’s been a bit difficult for everyone over the last two months, they didn’t know when someone was coming.”

They brought in crews from out of state to help pick up the trash. They are part of WM’s “green team”. They respond to natural disasters like the 2020 tornadoes.

If possible, make sure your trash is well wrapped so it doesn’t spill everywhere. “It’s a big help,” DeFazio said.

WM recovers 12 daily waste routes during the 120-day emergency contract.

For months, NewsChannel 5 has heard of upset residents whose trash was piling up. Now, they are happy to see a garbage truck passing in their street. DeFazio said, “and they have to be patient.”

Unfortunately, there is no long-term solution yet as bankruptcy proceedings are ongoing. Metro’s attorney is due in court regarding the city’s contract with Red River on March 8.

WM also provides emergency support to the city’s multi-family waste services. According to their press release, they are temporarily emptying more than 700 dumpsters in the city.

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