East Cleveland, Rumpke Trash and Recycling come to agreement over $300,000 debt

Trash collections to continue for E. Cleveland

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - The City of East Cleveland and Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services have come to an agreement Tuesday about a breach in contract over trash collections.

Rumpke reported to NewsChannel5 Tuesday the company is excited to announce the confirmation of trash collection to the City of East Cleveland will continue.

An agreement was reached Tuesday between the two parties, according to Rumpke.

In a statement Rumpke said, "We have enjoyed working with residents and becoming part of the local community. ...  Rumpke and the City of East Cleveland are continuing to work together to resolve any outstanding issues."

Originally, Rumpke, contracted by the city, was threatening to stop collecting trash due to a $300,000 debt.

On April 21, Rumpke Waste and Recycling Services served East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Jr. notification that they would not collect trash in the city effective May 1 due to violation of their 2010 contract agreement and non-payment of bill.

Rumpke said the City of East Cleveland is 31 days past due on their bill of $ 307,557.14 and will have another $48,065.75 tacked on to the outstanding balance after May 1.

The State Auditor’s office was also notified of the breach in contract and wrote a letter to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health addressing the matter.

Dave Yost, Auditor of the State of Ohio, wrote:

The Auditor of State staff will continue to work with the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission and City officials during this current fiscal emergency in East Cleveland. However, the ultimate responsibility for the care and protection of East Cleveland rests with the administration.

Read the documents here.

NewsChannel5 reached out to Mayor Norton on Tuesday. Norton said East Cleveland administrators mailed Rumpke a check in the estimated amount of $119,000 last Friday. 

Rumpke has provided trash and recycling services to East Cleveland since 2010.

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