OMAHA, Neb. — For the second month in a row, Waste Management will be fined due to complaints regarding missed collections.
The city received 1,609 complaints in June; 1,244 garbage and recyclable complaints, and 365 yard waste complaints.
The city’s contract with Waste Management allows for fines when the number of complaints exceed either 1,000 missed pickups or 700 reports of missed yard waste collections.
That is a fine of $28,453.53.
In June, the city assessed a $27,633.90 fine based on 1,875 complaints; 1,227 garbage and recycling, and 648 yard waste complaints.
The city will reduce its June payment to Waste Management by $44,000 for the company’s failure to provide a separate collection of yard waste.
Waste Management is required to provide separate yard waste collection April-November.
Due to a shortage of employees, the company said it will not be able to fulfill that requirement.
“We have a contract with Waste Management and we expect them to provide on-time and complete service,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “We will continue monthly reviews of service-related complaints and assess additional financial penalties as allowed by our contract.”