Trash Almost Picked Up in Girard

It looks like the trash is finally being picked up in Girard.

It was reported earlier that trash was piling up on some streets in the city because of a strike by Republic Services-Allied Waste workers, which is the sole garbage hauler in Girard.  Our news crew drove around parts of the city Tuesday evening and found the garbage has been picked up.

However, people living in the Parkwood neighborhood of Girard said their trash still hasn’t been picked up.

Girard residents said trash lined their streets for five days as the strike continued. Some residents said they had not seen a truck in days.

One resident, Michael Monteforte, of Highland Street, said he put his trash on the curb Friday morning.

“They picked up one side of the street, but they didn’t pick up this side of the street,” Monteforte said.

The delayed pick up is a result of Republic Services-Allied Waste employees striking at the Carbon Limestone Landfill. Both sides claim unfair labor practices.

Sanitation drivers are honoring the strike by not crossing the picket line. A meeting between the two sides is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Republic Services had said all trash would be picked up by Sunday as the newly formed disaster team crews worked through the weekend, but garbage remained in some neighborhoods.

The company said on Tuesday they now have a full staff of replacement drivers, who are learning the routes. The company said they would have all trash picked up by Tuesday evening.

“We are pleased to announce that we are fully staffed, servicing all residential and commercial routes and providing our customers with the high quality service they have come to expect from Republic Services,” the company said in a statement. “We certainly appreciate the patience our customers demonstrated as we worked through the logistical challenges of deploying a supplemental workforce.”

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