Trash Still Lines Curbs in Girard Neighborhood

Girard residents said on Monday they were sick of looking at the garbage still on their curbside.

Ashley Knight, of Main Street, said she woke up Monday and found her street was still lined with garbage. Republic Services-Allied Waste, whose workers are currently on strike, had said garbage would be picked up by Sunday.

“This is a duplex, so there’s two households and stuff and we just kind of have been putting more and more out here,” Knight said. “And we’re wondering how long it’s going to be.”

Others feel the same way.

“I mean to be sitting in front of your lawn, in front of your house like that, it looks really bad,” said Girard resident Jennie Copes.

Residents said they put their trash out Thursday and it’s almost always gone by the time they wake up Friday.

The delayed pickup 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.

Republic Services said all trash would be picked up by Sunday as the newly formed disaster team crews worked through the weekend.

Some streets in Girard were taken care of, while others like Churchill still had piles of trash as of noon Monday.

“It’s a mess,” Knight said. “It’s starting to look really messy.”

Republic Services said crews are still familiarizing themselves with routes and are starting earlier in the mornings.

The company also asked anyone with trash that needs picked up to call 1-800-437-1123. They also said they were sending trucks to Main Street and Churchill Road.[lin_video src=×2&auto_start=0&pf_id=9626&rel=3&show_title=0&va_id=4001631&volume=8&windows=1 service=syndicaster width=425 height=330 type=iframe]

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