CAPE CORAL, Fla. — After months of troubles with trash, Cape Coral city leaders have finalized a settlement with Waste Pro.
The city and the waste management contractor have been in mediation since July 27 over disputes about a contract and inconsistent pickup services.
Cape Coral had withheld payments to the company prior to this agreement.
With the agreement now in place, the city will keep more than $900,000 to offset damages they say were caused by disrupted pickups reported since 2020.
Company officials cited staffing shortages related to the Coronavirus pandemic as the reason for slow and/or skipped pickups.
Previous complaints about Waste Pro's performance extended as far back as 2018.
Approximately $1.7 million will be paid to Waste Pro as part of the contract severance agreement.
City officials said Waste Pro will take over the hauling of items from the city's drop-off site. Waste Pro, in turn, will provide those services at no additional cost to the city from Oct. 1, 2022, until Sept. 30, 2023.
On Oct. 1, 2023, the company will receive approximately $240,000 from the city for the service.
Editor's note: An earlier report incorrectly stated the City and Waste Pro would be ending its contract in 2024; we have since clarified to reflect changes to an agreement of service related to the city's waste drop-off site.