Anger Remains As Limited NYC Trash Pick-Up Begins

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For the first time in more than a week, New York City began picking up the garbage again.

More than 700 sanitation trucks were out picking up some of the mountains of smelly black garbage bags that were piling up ever since the day-after-Christmas blizzard paralyzed the City.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

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The pick-up, however, was done in a limited fashion. With more than half of the trucks still clearing snow from City streets, between the putrid trash and gray snow, many people have just had enough with the City’s sanitation workers.

“Oh garbage. There’s garbage all over the place. Everywhere you look there’s garbage, and piles, you know,” Washington Heights resident Moises Reyes told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

“In the night time you sometimes see the rats in the garbage. So I wish they’d come and clean it up,” another Washington Heights resident said.

“It’s horrible. I hate coming to New York to see this horrible stuff,” said Anna McDonald of Wayne. “I live in New Jersey, and trust me, it’s much better. The highways are clean.”

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports from the East Side

“It’s a disgrace. They just concentrate on retiring. They don’t care about, look, it’s a mess, rats everywhere,” said resident Victor Azzura.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

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

Sanitation trucks started to collect garbage dumpsters from some of the larger apartment complexes across the City Sunday and sanitation officials were reminding everyone to both clear a path to the garbage piles and to shovel snow off of them so workers can get to everyone quicker.

“I’m from the Bronx so I get on the trains and I see down here. It’s all the same. Garbage is everywhere,” said resident Arthur Knight.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty says garbage collection won’t be caught up for another week. Recyclables won’t be collected until further notice, but Christmas trees will be picked up.

Other New Yorkers were furious over speculation that hundreds of sanitation workers called out sick during the blizzard to retaliate against the City over cutbacks.

“We’re definitely getting a bad rap,” one worker said. When Magee Hickey mentioned there are reports that there was a sickout, “Not that I am aware of,” he replied.

Hickey asked other sanitation workers if they were getting a bad rap, “I can’t comment on that,” one answered.

Doherty said Monday that while the public obviously doesn’t agree, the workers did everything they should have done.

Doherty says more workers than usual were not at work for their scheduled shifts last Monday. Many were facing snow-related commuting problems themselves. But he says some of them managed to get to work later in the day for a subsequent shift.

“When you go into the outer boroughs, and the sanitation workers have to get those cans or bags of garbage, there’s slippery conditions. They have to watch themselves. And sometimes they have to walk a little farther to get that bag of garbage, so that slows them down. They’re not as productive as they normally are.”

Mayor Bloomberg said sanitation crews had no choice but to let the garbage pile up. “It had to pile up during the week while we were plowing. It’ll take a few days, but in three or four days it should be gone.”

The word from the Sanitation Department is be patient. Since there are only half as many trucks for trash pickup Monday, those black bags that were supposed to be removed may still be there Tuesday.

Bloomberg said the next step will be figuring out what went wrong with the storm cleanup.

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  1. ANT says:

    HEY JOHN ,YOUR PROBABLY A WHITE COLLAR CRYBABY WHO LOST ALL HIS MONEY IN THE STOCK MARKET RIGHT, NOW BLAME THE UNIONS. YOU CAN LEAVE IF YOU LIKE.

  2. Da Pickah says:

    That’s what you get for inviting them in to your place while your hubby was gone! Hard to resist a woman wearing a flannel shirt and steel toed spiked boots.

  3. Da Pickah says:

    Quit your griping and get out there and look for some special treats on the sidewalks of NY. One man’s trash is another’s treasure! I found some good barely used sweat socks and slippers (a little musky but OK) down the street. Remember – trash saves lives. Jump from a window and land in garbage!!! Oh, yeah!!

  4. holly says:

    Doherty states there is no health issue because it’s so cold.. does he live somewhere else?? What about the rats/ rodents that are having a field day to have found so much “free” food?!!! Our next problem will be exterminating them out of our streets, subways and homes.

    Bloomberg is a businessman with no regard for our quality of life! His only concern is to make the city ” look” pretty and not spend any money on necessary services that our taxes pay for !! Can’t wait for him to leave office!

    1. Da Pickah says:

      Hey! Rats need loving, too! PETA coming for you!!

  5. Joe Bone says:

    Hey we don’t have a snow mess in Jersey and our trash has been picked up right through the snow storm. Chris Christie is doing a great job as governor, even when he’s down in Florida. You clowns in NYC stay put where you are with your pal Bloomberg The Narcissist. Don’t come over here to Jersey unless you’re gonna spend money and go home.

    1. KPMc says:

      Tell you what… you keep your money and stay there too. We’ll continue using your swamps to watch our sporting events, dump our garbage and put our toxic chemical factories.

  6. Flynn says:

    Hey Victor, You’re clearly not here to have intelligent conversations are ya? Then again, I guess its not easy doing something you’re simply not capable of.

    Everyone’s got their right to their opinion, doofus. Even if you think its wrong.

    That’s right, I’m questioning YOUR integrity. So why don’t you go crawl back under the snow covered pile of trash you slithered out from?

  7. Frank says:

    The only problem with “privatizing” is that private sector employees can strike which could cripple this city. Imagine if the DOS wasn’t bound by the taylor law and not one sanitation worker showed up?

    1. ANT says:

      FIRST COMMENT THAT MAKES ANY SENSE.YOU ARE RIGHT

  8. Concerned citizen says:

    I’m sure the older sanitation guys have to pick up their “private” jobs before the tax payers have their trash picked up. I’ve seen these guys come on the weekend to pick up trash for a shady contractor looking to save of buck by hiring NYC sanitation instead of a private company. They get paid in cash then sway for an empty truck with the younger guys in the department. If the older guy gets caught the he can simply retire on full pension, no harm done. Someone should do a story on the corruption going on in the sanitation department.

  9. mr queens says:

    Mr Manhattan I bet you grew up somewhere in the midwest. I can guarantee it.

  10. Rachel Campbell says:

    There is no longer any significant snow on the streets of Manhattan and the storm is long pass. I do not understand why the sanitation department can not resume normal trash pickup. This is one of the most expensive city’s to live in…It makes no sense that we can’t have prompt sanitation services. There is something wrong with this picture

  11. Michelle says:

    Here goes Bloomberg making empty promises again. There are streets in Brooklyn that still have mountains of snow and no parking because of it. Even some fire hydrants are covered and inaccessible.

    And we’re not supposed to put out our recycling?! You know we all have boxes from the holidays. Where am I supposed to keep my garbage? Invite the rats and roaches in? REALLY!

  12. DeltaForce says:

    Watched 3 DSNY snow plow trucks, 2 with salt spreaders in rear, parked on Northern Blvd. in the right curb lane (RUSH HOUR = No Standing) taking a much needed (yeah, for real ??) coffee break. I was waiting for the traffic light and 1 sanitation guy walked across the street to the local bakery to get his whatever.

    Further towards Corona, 2 other DSNY truck also parked, engine running, on Northern Blvd. – one with its snow blades in the down position, stretched from the parking/curb lane to the right/middle lane, making it very dangerous as drivers in the right lane are FORCED into the left lane to avoid hitting the plows. Can’t they just retract the plow if they are going on another break without blocking 2/3 of the blvd.

    1. ANT says:

      ITS A BREAK, STOP COMPLAINING ALREADY

  13. Michael says:

    DOS should be eliminated and the work should be competitively bid to outside contractors whom get paid for performance, not just to show up.

    1. ANT says:

      ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE CONTRACTORS ?A PRIVATE COMPANY CAN STRIKE . WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF NO ONE SHOWED FOR SNOW REMOVAL. YOU THINK IT WAS BAD NOW , WAIT

  14. Dennis says:

    Why are sanitation workers angry over cut backs? It only means that instead of being out there working 3 hours a day, they’ll have to work an extra hour. That’s still 4 hours to hang out in the garage playing cards, watching TV and sleeping. Nice work if you can get it.

  15. Dennis says:

    Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty should resign immediately. NYC must be the laughin stock of the nation. Well, what can you expect from this City? After all, this is the same City that’s given us the wonderful Con Edision – you know, the utility with the highest rates in the country. Thank God I’m getting out of here soon.

    1. KPMc says:

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Dennis. Good Riddance.

  16. Machin Culebra says:

    New Yorks Strongest?? I dont think so, how about:

    New Yorks Dumbest
    New Yorks Rudest
    New Yorks Laziest
    New Yorks Most Inconsiderate
    New Yorks Most Incompetent

    What makes me most angry is their denials of an organized work stoppage which was very obvious and very illegal. These idiots think they can hold the city hostage when they should be thankful that they are even employed. They knew what the job entailed when they signed up so I dont feel sorry for any them getting their riduculous overtime that comes out of my tax dollars!!!

    1. AD says:

      WHAT TAX DOLLARS DO YOU PAY? YOUR ON WELFARE

  17. jorge says:

    I saw no less than 6 Plows sitting idly on Saturday Night on Northern Blvd. in Queens. Then on Sunday I saw 3 “hiding” in the Douglaston Manor neighborhood behind the LIRR station. They were parked for hours while sitting outside their trucks chatting. I watched one or two DOS employees on another part of Northern Blvd. shoveling crosswalks. Seems to me that there were a large number of DOS employees hiding out over the weekend while they were supposed to be finishing the snow cleanup…shady

  18. AmericanCabbie says:

    Mrs. Zimmerman,

    I’m sure your husband worked very hard the past 9 days, alongside other dedicated Sanitation workers. However, enough workers participated in a sickout and slowdown to where it greatly impacted the cleanup – and still does today. Those workers, and I believe there are hundreds if not a thousand, must be dealt with swiftly and with the full force of sanctions available, which sadly will amount to little as opposed to what would happen in the private sector.

  19. Dennis says:

    Let’s see. It’s been 11 days since trash was collected. In the interim, I had to wait three days for a plow and salt spreader to come down my block. Now, we’re told regular trash pick up won’t resume for several days and no recycling till further notice. Isn’t that great? Let’s just pray we don’t get another snowstorm. If that happens, we might have to wait until April to get our trash picked up. This is a health hazard. Looks worse than some third world countries. If this isn’t a call for privatizing, I don’t know what is.

    1. KPMc says:

      Haven’t you left yet, Dennis? We are waiting for you to move before picking up the trash and clearing the snow. Have a nice life in Bumfcuk or wherever it is you’re moving.

    2. ANT says:

      I BET YOU LEFT YOUR CAR ON AN AVENUE OR OFF RAMP , MAYBE EVEN IN FRONT OF A FIREHOUSE. YOU PROBABLY WORK FOR GOLDSMITH .YOU LOSER .WHAT BLOCK YOU ON ,ILL SEND A DUMPSTER FOR YOU

  20. Flynn says:

    And you should learn some manners, Victor. The lady has a right to her opinion, moron.

    1. Flynn says:

      Ah I see the site editors at 1010wins are doing their job, removing Victor’s tasteless comment. Good job folks.

  21. monica zimmerman says:

    I am the proud wife of a sanitation worker and take exception to the comments of Victor Azzura that the sanitation workers only care about retirement. My husband has been out there for the last nine days, 12 hours a day and believe me, he and his fellow san workers are doing everything they can to get the outer boroughs back to normal. If the residents had stayed home instead of venturing out only to abandon their cars during the storm, perhaps snow removal could have been quicker and garbage collection could have resumed sooner. Shame on you to think they don’t care.

    1. Flynn says:

      Monica,

      While it sounds like your husband is dedicated to his work and the community it serves, clearly something abhorrent happened and someone needs to be held accountable for it. Yes, there were some foolish people who ventured out when they should not have — but not every street in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan was blocked by an abandoned car. Yet days after the storm — when my wife and I had to venture from LI to Queens for a wake — we struggled to get down many streets that were still snowed in.

      The situation is a simple one — either Mayor Bloomberg failed the city, and it attempting to defer blame onto the Sanitation Dept, or as some reports have suggested, there was a plot by high-up Sanitation officials to teach hizzoner a lesson. Either way, what happened was not only morally wrong, but because people DIED due to the inability of emergency medical vehicles being able to reach them, it should also be considered a criminal act. My hope is that as the snow melts, people do not let this issue slide and they continue to press for someone to be held accountable.

      Again, I’m sure your husband did everything he could during those couple of horrible days. But that doesn’t mean EVERYONE gave their all. And someone should pay for that.

      Flynn

    2. Fire Them ALL says:

      As some other stated, perhaps youe husband did work his behind off many nights, llong hours. He is a rarity out of the rest of the lazy bums. He also made a ton of OT. which will help with his hefty pension, which most of us worker won’t even be able to get. If he honestly plowed, not sat around like most did, he deserves it. But don’t take it personally about NY’s outrage. People died because of what the DSNY pulled and many more were injured trying to cross unshoveled streets. Hey, this weekend, in Glendale Queens, one week AFTER the storm, most corners and crosswalks were still not shoveled.

      1. AD says:

        IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT WORK THEN TAKE THE TEST ,CRYBABY. DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR JOB CAUSE IT HAS A PENSION . DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR DEAD END JOB.

    3. Jennifer says:

      Good for you Monica! I am also the proud wife of a sanitation worker. My husband has been working unbelieveable hours for the past 9 days. He is working his but off and is exhausted! The DSNY workers are busting their butts!!! And as for the garbage pick up. it has been suspended since last week and still is suspended! Blame Mayor Bloomberg for making promises that he isnt working for or Dohorty too!

  22. karyn wickers says:

    Well, sanitation is already here on beach 116th st in rockaway park. I counted 18 workers with shovels and hoes at 8:45am, as well as one garbage truck with plow, truck with plow and sander with plow. Very impressive – too bad they weren’t here earlier.

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