The snow was almost gone, but the trash remained. So the City of Raleigh's collection crews had planned begin to haul away the recycling and refuse that piled up during last week's snowstorm. But new snowfall Tuesday thwarted those efforts.
The city Solid Waste Services Department on Tuesday planned to jump back onto its normal pickup schedule. Residents were to put their trash and recycling out on their usual scheduled days, as if nothing happened.
But with Tuesday's storm, the City of Raleigh collection has been delayed one day this week: Tuesday's collections now will occur Wednesday, Wedesday's on Thursday, etc.
Service was canceled on all four collection days last week because of icy road conditions and vehicle-disabling temperatures.
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“They went out there and tried (last) Tuesday, but they weren’t out there long,” said city spokesman John Boyette.
As a result, trash has been piling up for two weeks instead of the normal one-week period. And delays for recycling service, which only comes every other week, will last longer. People who were scheduled for recycling pickup last week won’t get service until their next scheduled service, which is next week.
To accommodate the overflow, the city will allow residents to leave trash and recycling next to their bins. Crews will pick up trash and recycling material outside bins until March 6. That’s usually grounds for a fine. There will be no yard-waste collection until March 3.
“Safety concerns generated by the snow and ice remaining on some city streets and vehicle breakdowns caused by the extreme low temperatures caused us to make the decision to suspend collections,” said Solid Waste Services Director Fred Battle. “We regret that some city residents did not receive service last week.”
Meanwhile, officials ask that that carts with uncollected garbage or recyclables “be removed from the curb whenever conditions permit.”
In the Brook Forest townhouse community, Joshua Leon awaits the sound of the garbage truck.
“At this point we just left it outside in the front, said Leon, 20. “Hopefully they come this week. Who knows.”
He doesn’t seem to mind the delay.
“Someone’s got to do the job, but they’ve got to be safe with where our tax dollars are going,” he said. In the meantime, he is trying to reuse plastic jugs and other materials in order to spare his overburdened trash can.