FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — As the city of Fort Wayne counts down the final days of its contract with Red River Waste Solutions, the problem with trash collection continues to plague the city.

The city said in a news release Monday that garbage collection crews were finishing collections from Thursday and Friday routes last week, and the focus was on garbage collection. That means recycling items would not be collected this week, the city said.

The city apologized for the inconvenience, and thanks residents for their “patience and understanding.”

On July 1, the city’s new trash hauler GFL Environmental will take over collections for Red River. The city said in the news release that until that time, “it’s likely that delays will continue.”

The city of Fort Wayne provided this release:

For this week, crews are focusing on garbage collection. Today, crews are finishing garbage collections in Thursday and Friday routes and some crews hope to start some of the Monday routes later today.

Recycling won’t be collected this week. The City of Fort Wayne Solid Waste Department is hopeful that recycling collection will begin again next week with the A week recycling schedule. Residents may want to consider bringing their recycling bins in from the curb or alley until a regular rotation of collections can begin again.

Residents are asked to continue to set out garbage materials the night before their regularly scheduled day of pickup. We’ll do our best to provide the collection service as close to their regular day as possible. As often as possible, crews are collecting garbage on the evenings and on weekends.

The Solid Waste Department continues to do its best to assist Red River to maintain operational levels for garbage and recycling collection. We continue to utilize City staff to assist with the routes and misses that Red River is unable to service with their lower staffing levels and higher tonnage in recent weeks.

It’s likely that delays will continue until GFL Environmental USA takes over the collection service on July 1.

The City apologizes for the inconvenience during this transition period and thanks the residents of Fort Wayne for their continued patience and understanding.

The meeting included GFL Environmental in a discussion about neighborhood efforts.

The City of Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Planning and Activation Group held a neighborhood presidents meeting at Citizens Square Monday night. The meeting included an introduction to GFL Environmental as they prepare to take over the collection.

The company joined other speakers like NeighborLink Fort Wayne in discussing how to support neighborhood efforts, with information such as homeowner accessibility programs.