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Hickory Hill residents upset about trash piling up along streets

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(WMC-TV) - Some neighborhoods are now in the second full week of the Teamsters garbage strike in Memphis. Many residents said they are sick and tired of the trash – that's now piling up along city streets.

Hickory Hill residents like George Garrison have been working for days, cleaning up outside their homes.

But Garrison feels his work is for naught when he looks across the street.

"No, I don't like it. I don't imagine nobody likes it. Open the door, walk out and see the street filled with junk. Don't nobody like it," he said.

From mattresses to furniture, even tires and other debris – residents living just off Ross Road said some of this stuff has been piled up for two weeks now.

"Our community and neighborhood look so destroyed and disgusting," continued Hickory Hill resident Anthony Maxwell.

Teamsters Union members are striking against Republic Waste Services.

They are the company responsible for picking up the trash and debris in this neighborhood and others.

Republic said they have added 65 more drivers and they are dedicating three to four extra crews to get garbage collections caught up in affected areas.

Residents said the relief cannot come soon enough.

"We need y'all. This is Memphis. We need the trash picked up and keep our city looking good. We need y'all on the same page and making everything happen," said Maxwell.

AFCSME, the city sanitation worker union, has never supported this Teamster strike and feels the garbage pickup should have never been outsourced to another company.

AFCSME said the city has not held Republic responsible for not providing services.

"Look what's here at my house. That's not supposed to be here. They were supposed to pick that up two days ago and it's still here," continued Maxwell.

Republic Services apologized to its customers for the inconvenience.

They said negotiation talks between the company and its workers continued Thursday, and all service should be back on schedule this weekend.

Republic Services provided this statement:

Republic Services, the City of Memphis' waste management contractor, announced today that it has added 65 more drivers and is dedicating 3-4 extra crews to get garbage collections caught up in light of the Teamsters Union employee strike.

"We are executing the plan we've had in place from the beginning to minimize disruptions in service. We had a driver for every route this morning, and have additional drivers that will go back out on the street this afternoon and will work until dark to get caught up," said Roger Lawrence, General Manager of Republic Services. "Extra crews will be assigned to the routes around Parkway Village and Fox Meadows."

With the additional drivers, service is expected to be back on schedule for all residential customers by this weekend.

"We apologize for this inconvenience and disruption," Lawrence said. "We are diligently working to correct the problems."

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