The garbage strike is beginning to heat up after Allied Waste filed a federal lawsuit against the Teamsters of Youngstown for picketing outside its Toledo facility.
Friday was trash day in Girard and Weathersfield, but garbage is still sitting at the curb. Weathersfield resident Stacy Fisher said things will just get worse if something isn’t done soon, but because of the sympathy strike by Allied Waste drivers, it’s going to be a few days before the trash is picked up.
“There’s a lot of trash sitting out that’s about all I have really noticed right now,” said Fisher.
Allied Waste has hired 41 replacement drivers, and they are working to pick up contracted municipalities first, then they will work to collect residential subscribers. Company officials can’t give specific dates for when residential customers will be serviced and said they are losing customers every day the strike goes on.
“They couldn’t even give me a date. I’m like when are you guys going to pick up my trash? Do you have a date?” said Boardman resident Nicky Lipscomb. “I just said cancel me out, and I called someone else and they will be here Monday morning.”
Girard Mayor Jim Melfi said he called Allied Waste and was told that pickup in the city will be Monday.
“We are not off but just a few days from our normal cycle,” said Melfi. “So, it’s not like it’s piling up for weeks, it’s just three days off the normal cycle.”
Allied Waste also collects recycling for the Mahoning County Green Team, and county officials are recommending that customers take their recycling off the curb and wait for the next scheduled service.
“We are optimistic that Republic and its workers will be able to iron out their issues and settle this in a timely manner,” said Green Team director Lou Vega.
The next negotiation session between company officials and the Teamsters is set for April 23.
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