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Bartow, Fla. (October 21, 2022) — Polk County’s Waste & Recycling Division is working with their contracted hauler in East Polk County, Waste Management, Inc. to recover missed collections. Missed collections spiked in Polk in recent weeks but have been returning more normal service this week. 

According to Waste & Recycling Director Ana Wood, Waste Management, Inc. has brought seven additional trucks into the county to collect garbage and recycling today (Friday), with 16 additional routes running tomorrow (Saturday).

“This level of service was totally unacceptable,” said Board Chair Martha Santiago, who has been leading the effort to bring additional resources into the county.

Waste Management, Inc. expects to be back on their regular collection schedules on Tuesday, October 25.

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