Recycling pickup delayed in Youngstown

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Residents in Mahoning County may be experiencing delays in curbside recycling pickup, if it’s being picked up at all.

Residents living on Wilkinson Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side have watched their recyclables sit idle for three weeks.

“I’ve been trying to wash it and keep it clean until they come and pick it up,” said resident Michele Cassile-Arroyo.

“I thought I’d give it one more Thursday, tomorrow, and if they didn’t pick it up tomorrow, I was gonna throw it in the regular trash,” said resident Norma Vadjunec.

The problem is Allied Waste, who provides the curbside service to the county free of charge, is having some staffing issues, which stem from a work stoppage earlier this year. Youngstown 4th Ward Councilman Mike Ray has been monitoring the issue and is telling residents to hang in there.

“They’re working through the problem, there’s a solution in sight. They’ve hired additional drivers and the problem will hopefully be corrected in September,” Ray said.

Allied Waste General Manager Doug Dunn said the company has brought in resources from outside its market area. He said new drivers have been hired, but they are still in training.

“We hired three more today. We’re going to continue seeking applicants and continue to hire,” Dunn said.

After being told about the buildup on WilkinsonAvenue, Dunn inspected the area and will be addressing the problem. Any residents whose recycling has been missed should contact Allied Waste or the Mahoning County Green Team to let them know.

“Every couple hours, we’re checking or they’re calling just to make sure we’re getting the stuff picked up,” Dunn said.

Allied Waste expects the issue to be fully resolved by September.

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