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Waste Management admits it trashed recyclables

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WM trucks wait 5-15Waste Management is in the process of notifying at least 13 area municipalities, including Flower Mound, Double Oak, Lantana, and Lewisville, of a recent audit that uncovered improper disposal of recyclable materials.

Waste Management spokeswoman Greta Calvery said that 19 percent–or approximately 8,400 tons–of recyclables collected were disposed of at the Lewisville landfill instead of going to a recycling facility. This happened periodically, from May 2014 through January 2016.

As a result of the audit, Waste Management has fired management employees and reinforced the importance of proper collection and delivery of all recyclable materials. In addition, Waste Management officials said that additional processes and audit checkpoints have been added and employees have been retrained to ensure this does not happen again.

“As part of our corrective actions, Waste Management has terminated five managerial employees and reinforced with our personnel the importance of proper collection and delivery of all recyclable material loads. We have also added additional processes and audit checkpoints to further ensure that this behavior does not reoccur,” stated a press release from Waste Management.

“All Waste Management employees in the District have been retrained and all services have been fully restored. A new senior manager in our Lewisville-based hauling district is in place. In addition, we are doubling the number of route managers during the transition process and will have a new team on the ground to ensure compliance and proper service standards going forward.”

Lantana officials recently voted to switch trash and recycling collection from Waste Management to Republic Services. Flower Mound has asked for bids from other solid waste providers.

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