Trash Pick-Up Resumes A Week After Blizzard

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) – Much of the snow from last week’s storm is gone, but there are still mountains of trash on New York City sidewalks.

All of those plastic bags are turning into a smelly and unattractive mess, with some trash piles taller than the fences that support them.

Finally, though, relief may be on the way, reports CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown.

Dirt, smelly trash has been poling up in the city for days.

“It’s pretty bad, they need to take care of it,” one resident said.

“It’s just piles and piles of trash all over,” Daniel Goudeket, of the Upper West Side, said.

On Sunday, though, a site for sore, storm-weary eyes finally emerged as garbage trucks began fanning out on city streets. The trucks started to clear some of the trash that’s been accumulating since the snowstorm sacked the city a week ago.

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“We came through Chinatown, and there was definitely a hint of stench there,” Upper West Side resident Charles Deeney said.

While the city has faced a landslide of criticism for its handling of the storm, resident Nick Terrace blames residents for all of the trash.

“Probably the perfect storm because of the Christmas wrappings and all of the extra food people buy for the holidays,” he said.

On Sunday, sanitation workers tackled dumpsters. Trucks will begin collecting the huge piles collecting on almost every street corner of the city on Monday.

“You see nothing but garbage,” Bronx resident Arthur Knight said. “I’m from the Bronx, so I get on the trains and I see down here it’s all the same everywhere – garbage everywhere.”

Starting Monday, sanitation workers will resume limited trash pickup. They say residents should follow their normal schedule, hauling garbage – including Christmas trees – to the curb on their regular pickup day.

However, they say residents bear some responsibility, and should clear a path to the garbage piles and shovel snow off of bags and pails so workers can get to everyone quicker.

For now recyclables will not be collected. Alternate side parking and meter rules will be back in effect for the city on Monday.

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  1. jtorres says:

    I couldn’t even get close to my car for about 5 days after the blizzard. I dug it out on Monday only to get buried again when the plow went by. I didn’t expect them to pick up my trash if they couldn’t get to it.

  2. Dennis says:

    One week ago today, there wasn’t the sound of a salt spreader or snow plow. Today, after 11 days of non-garbage collection, no sound of garbage trucks. The usual great services here.

  3. DeltaForce says:

    ASP rules are suspended today – Monday but METER Parking Rules are in effect, so start feeding them again if you can find a parking space that’s open & clear of snow (ha, ha – use your own shovel)

    Haven’t seen those DOT traffic agents/meter maids (most of them, anyway) for over a week and NYC is broke, the Mayor need to bring in the revenue.

    I guess that will ticket you for expired meter and for parking more than 12 inches from the curb & blocking traffic. Oh, NO ….

    Meanwhile, I still see DSNY trucks with engines idling in Queens – snow plow blades UP and salt spreader in back.

  4. Johnny says:

    Alternate side parking in effect? Are they serious? Seems to me they need to collect the piles of trash first before diverting resources to a rather useless service that does nothing but blow dirt around and waste peoples time.

  5. Dennis says:

    After smelling the stench for days, isn’t it nice that the City is finally going to collect our garbage? Wow! Is this the same mayor that constantly keeps telling us that the city is going green?

  6. Morris Wise says:

    The big apple will always be a union run town because the gals love the guy with the union label. It is a pity for those who have to slave for minimum wages, but things will change if they fill out an application and pass the sanitation workers test.

  7. SAN MAN FROM QUEENS says:

    I GUESS YOU NEVER CALLED IN SICK WHEN THE OUTSIDE WEATHER DIDN’T LOOK THAT GREAT. “HE WHO HAS NEVER SINNED CAN CAST THE FIRST STONE”

  8. STAN says:

    ARE YOU SURE THEY CALLED IN SICK OR COULD THEY HAVE BEEN STUCK IN THE SNOW DRIFTS THAT THE HEAVY WINDS PRODUCED. IF THEY CALLED IN SICK, WHO DO YOU WORK FOR THAT GUY THAT LEAKED ALL THE US GOVERNMENT SECRETS THAT IS BEING CHARGED FOR RAPE

  9. Paul says:

    they should have a sepret snow cleaning like Montreal has

  10. Paul says:

    i just want more SNOW! i want a HUGE BLIZZARD!!!!

  11. stevie says:

    I sure everyone is trying to do their part! I thanks all, that want to do well on the job. It is noticed.

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