Many residents are upset about the delay in trash pickup. Myrna Spitz wants to know when someone is going to pick up her trash.
“Since I worked my butt off to make sure they’d take it and not give me a fit about it, when they couldn’t get to it because of the snow drift or they couldn’t get to it because the plows blocked it,” Myrna said.
It doesn’t take long to notice the trash is starting to pile up in Indianapolis. Combine the Christmas Holiday with a blizzard carrying more than seven inches of snow and you get a big mess and trash service suspended a week for residents who usually see pickups on Tuesday or Wednesday. Sanitation workers have been called in to help clear the streets of snow. Now, Myrna won’t get her trash picked up until next Wednesday.
“So that’s what they’re telling you,” said Myrna. “Oh, that’s lovely. You know I don’t mind having two weeks of trash if I’m the screw up.”
But Myrna is not alone.
“We have quite a bit of trash,” said resident Spencer Fields. “Our trash cans are full. We have boxes everywhere and no end in sight.”
So Fields said he’ll just have to wait it out with a side room as a staging area.
“They’re saying eight days, maybe a week and it’s piling up pretty quick,” said Spencer. “We’ll get through it.”
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works says just hold on.
“We know it is a bit of inconvenience for residence to hold that trash,” said Department of Public Works Spokeswoman Lesley Malone. “If we didn’t and went back, we’d affect the whole city and be behind versus affecting a smaller number.”
As for Myrna, she’s getting ready to haul her trash in and said she might get a little too salty for our cameras.
“No words will technically be able to put on a local broadcast,” Myrna said. “It would be all beeps.”