Mayor Jean Stothert addresses waste collection delays

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Mayor Jean Stothert addresses waste collection delays

Waste Management says trash and yard waste pickup will continue


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JOSE RIGHT OFF THE BAT, WE KNOW MAYOR STOTHERT IS MAKING IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR THAT SHE IS NOT SATISFIED, THE CITY IS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, CALLING IT LESS THAN SATISFACTORY. SHE ALSO SAYS SHE HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEM OVER THE PHONE THIS PAST COUPLE OF DAYS AMENDING A PLAN OF ACTION SHE SAYS THEY HAVE DELIVERED TO HER. — DEMANDING A PLAN OF ACTION SHE SAYS THEY HAVE DELIVERED TO HER. THEY ARE DEMANDING THAT RECYCLING BE SUSPENDED IN THE CITY OF OMAHA UNTIL WEDNESDAY, AND THAT INCLUDES WEDNESDAY. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE COMPANY DRAGGING ITS FEET, MAYOR STOTHERT TELLS US SHE HAS TO TAKE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AT FACE VALUE AND SHE HAS ENJOYED WORKING WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT, BUT SHE HAS TO WAIT AND SEE IF THEY ACTUALLY DO PULL THROUGH AND PROVIDE THE SERVICE AND PAY FOR. THEY ARE STILL UNDER CONTRACT UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST, 2020. IT IS A NATIONAL COMPANY, HUGE COMPANY, AND THE REPUTATION IS AT TAKE. — AT STAKE. JOSE: ALL THIS, WHILE RESIDENTS AND SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS HERE IN OMAHA SAY THEY ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THIS DELAY. MANY, WITH GARBAGE ROTTING ON THE CURB AND FEELING LEFT IN THE DARK. >> TO ME, IT’S A LITTLE BIT BIGGER DEAL. I’D KIND OF LIKE TO KNOW. JOSE: VAN GIBBS IS STILL WAITING FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT TRUCKS TO PICK UP DOZENS OF BAGS OFF THE CURB ON 129TH AND FORT AND GET A CLEAR ANSWER. >> WHAT IT MEANS IS YOU’RE GOING TO DO WHAT YOU SAY, AND YOU’RE GOING TO SAY WHAT YOU DO. JOSE: NEAR 50TH AND FORT, BRIAN BOLDEN SAW A TRASH TRUCK ROLL PAST, LEAVING HIS GARBAGE BEHIND. >> IT WAS ONE WENT BY, BUT HE DIDN’T PICK UP ANYTHING. I DON’T KNOW, MAYBE HE WAS MAKING A DRY RUN, BUT HE DIDN’T PICK UP NOT ONE BIT. JOSE: BOLDEN SAYS HE WANTS — HE ALSO WANTS ANSWERS. >> IT’S KIND OF BEEN A HEADACHE, AND THOSE THINGS GET HEAVY. MOTHER NATURE, YOU CAN’T HOLD ACCOUNTABLE, I GUESS. BUT, I DON’T KNOW, THE CITY, I’M PAYING TAXES. JOSE: MEANWHILE, RECYCLING PICK-UP IS OFF UNTIL WEDNESDAY. OMAHA PUBLIC WORKS SAYS WASTE MANAGEMENT IS EXPERIENCING AN INCREASED AMOUNT OF YARDWASTE AND GARBAGE DUE TO THE RECENT HAIL STORM AND A HOLIDAY. FOR NOW, HOMEOWNERS LIKE BOLDEN DO NOT HOLD IT AGAINST THE CREWS THAT CLEAN THE STREETS. >> I TAKE CARE OF MY GUYS. I PUT A GATORADE OUT FOR THEM, BECAUSE I’M OFF WORK WHEN THEY COME BY, AND I LOOK OUT FOR THEM. I JUST WANT THEM TO LOOK OUT BACK FOR ME. JOSE: WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, AND THEY SAY THEY BLAME THAT STORM DAMAGE FOR THE SLOWDOWN IN THEIR CLEAN-UP EFFORTS. ANOTHER PART OF THEIR STATEMENT SAYS “OUR FOCUS REMAINS ON COMPLETING THE ROUTES IN A SAFE MANNER. WE ARE REALLOCATING RESOURCES, INCLUDING OUR RECYCLING DRIVERS AND MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, TO PICK UP TRASH AND YARD WASTE AS WE WORK TO NORMALIZE COLLECTION THIS WEEK.” WASTE MANAGEMENT, ALSO MAKING IT A POINT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK THE RESIDENTS OF OMAHA FOR THEIR PATIEN

Mayor Jean Stothert addresses waste collection delays

Waste Management says trash and yard waste pickup will continue

Many complaints have come in about the delay of trash collection. Mayor Jean Stothert addressed the concerns Monday at 5:30 p.m.Waste Management will not collect recycling Monday, June 3, or Tuesday, June 4, in Omaha.According to a statement from the Public Works Department, crews are dealing with an increased amount of yard waste and garbage due to last week’s hailstorm.Trash and yard waste collection will continue normally.The city says Waste Management brought in additional staff to deal with the increased volume of material.Public Works also pointed to increased vehicle turnaround times at the landfill caused by approximately 5 inches of rain over the past 10 days. According to the statement, any materials not collected on the normal day will be collected the following day.

Many complaints have come in about the delay of trash collection.

Mayor Jean Stothert addressed the concerns Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Waste Management will not collect recycling Monday, June 3, or Tuesday, June 4, in Omaha.

According to a statement from the Public Works Department, crews are dealing with an increased amount of yard waste and garbage due to last week’s hailstorm.

Trash and yard waste collection will continue normally.

The city says Waste Management brought in additional staff to deal with the increased volume of material.

Public Works also pointed to increased vehicle turnaround times at the landfill caused by approximately 5 inches of rain over the past 10 days.

According to the statement, any materials not collected on the normal day will be collected the following day.

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