New Albany garbage contractor gives update on first month of service | News

ALBANY — A new garbage collection contractor for the city of Albany reported on Thursday that after some initial “hiccups,” the service is running smoothly.

Concrete Enterprises owner Jason Wiggins appeared before the Albany City Commission during a Thursday virtual meeting to give an update on the first month of operation.

The city approved a $3.27 million contract with the Albany-based firm in September. The contract is renewable for up to four additional years on an annual basis. The company began serving about 11,500 customers west of Slappey Boulevard on Oct. 1.

“We worked with the outgoing contractor to get it worked out,” Wiggins said. “In our opinion, the last two weeks have been smooth sailing.”

Some initial complaints centered on the former contractor’s garbage cans remaining at residences along with the new ones from Concrete Enterprises.

As a local company, Wiggins said he is dedicated to doing a good

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Garbage truck drivers’ union accuses contractor of ‘taking advantage of the pandemic’ over pay dispute | The Canberra Times

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The union representing Canberra’s garbage truck drivers has accused their employer of “taking advantage of the pandemic” as workers walked off the job on Monday. Transport Workers’ Union ACT branch secretary Klaus Pinkas said negotiations with ACT government contractor SUEZ had stalled after more than five months of discussion over pay increases and conditions. However, SUEZ argues the wage increases proposed over the next three years were reasonable, “given the current economic circumstances in Australia”. Mr Pinkas said SUEZ had used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse not to commit to giving workers a pay increase of 12 per cent over the next three and a half years, rather offering up an 8 per cent jump. “SUEZ, which are a large multi-national, have tried to take advantage of the COVID situation, to say [they] can’t pay the increases they

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