Goshen News, Goshen, IN

State News

January 14, 2014

Frustration piles up after trash hauler closes

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Customers of Tippecanoe Waste Removal are searching for new trash service in the wake of the company's apparent decision to go out of business, and it hasn't been easy.

Even before Tippecanoe, based in Lafayette, stopped picking up trash last week, customers had been reporting problems, including late and missed pickups.

But Friday, Tippecanoe officials posted notices at their headquarters and online claiming Waste Management would be automatically taking over their customers, according to reports in Lafayette news media.

Alerted by media reports and phone calls, Waste Management officials quickly announced the messages posted by Tippecanoe were incorrect. If customers want service, they'll have to call and set it up, Waste Management spokesman Tom Horton said Monday.

"We don't have any contract to take over Tippecanoe's residential or business accounts," Horton told the Journal & Courier (http://bit.ly/19s5NpS ). "But we are prepared and eager to begin service for Tippecanoe customers."

Horton asked anyone with a Tippecanoe Waste Removal account to contact Waste Management as soon as possible to set up trash service.

Kokomo resident Chris Markiewicz left his trash out this past Thursday, expecting Tippecanoe to pick it up. He said the truck never came.

"(Tippecanoe's) service has been going downhill for quite a while," Markiewicz said, adding the problems seemed to coincide with Tippecanoe setting up an office in Tipton last year.

Markiewicz said he first learned about Tippecanoe's problems Friday through the Lafayette media. After a couple days of trying, he got a call back from Republic on Monday, and got pickup started for later in the week.

"We just want (the service providers) to know we need service," he said. "We know they're busy, but we'd like our pickup started."

Text Only
State News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results