Trash continues to pile up amid sanitation strike - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Trash continues to pile up amid sanitation strike

(WMC-TV) - Allied Waste workers are still on strike causing trash to pile up around several Mid-South homes.

There were some crews picking up trash, but only for critical customers, such as schools and hospitals. So what about everybody else?

Pete Moss's trash appears to be no man's treasure. Not even the garbage trucks have taken it.

"We put out the garbage yesterday morning. Monday is our normal pick-up day and they didn't pick it up," said Moss, who lives in Germantown.

Moss is hardly alone.

Overflowing trash bins lined the streets.

Republic Services/Allied Waste is contracted to pick up trash from more than 200,000 customers in the area.

But on the picket line, striking workers refuse to work without concessions causing a delay in collection.

"Everyday. Everyday we create a little bit more and so it doesn't take long for it to back up," said Moss. "We're just adding it to the pile. We really don't have anywhere else to go with it."

Republic Services suggests customers put out the trash on the normal day and leave it on the curb until the company can pick it up. The company expects a full number of trucks on the streets by Wednesday. They hope to catch up soon thereafter.

"I'm just not worried about it because I've got other concerns. I figure they'll get it worked out sooner or later," said Bill Spink, who also lives in Germantown.

The situation is not critical yet, though customers are hoping for a swift resolution.

"Hopefully they'll get this situation resolved pretty soon," said Moss.

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