‘I’m fed up with it, it’s just not fair,’ Baton Rouge woman says Republic Services still isn’t picking up her trash

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Aldremia Lewis has been living in her home for more than 20 years. She says while neighbors may change, one thing always stays the same – Republic Services consistently not picking up her trash. 

“I’m fed up with it,” Lewis said. “It’s just not fair, it’s not fair,” she said. 

Lewis says an eyesore filled with days’ worth of garbage is taking up a big chuck of her yard.

“I call and complain, and they say they will be back out within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Lewis said. “[They tell me] to leave it on the street but no one ever comes to pick it up until the next cycle,” she said. 

Initially, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s office denied Lewis’ claims and released a statement saying: ‘Collection days for Graham Drive are Wednesday and Saturday. Garbage has been consistently collected on those days. If the neighborhood had been skipped for several weeks as is claimed, then more than one resident would have complained, which they have not. With that said, Republic will continue with its consistent collections on Graham Dive for those days.’

According to Lewis’ neighbor, Nadja Davis, she says she and other residents on their street have filed multiple complaints about their trash not being picked up and their Republic Services driver. Davis says nothing had been done regarding their complaints.  

When learning Brproud reached out to other residents in Lewis’ neighborhood the spokesperson released a new statement saying: ‘Republic has been regularly servicing this section of Graham Drive and will continue to do so. These complaints are being looked into to ensure all appropriate collections are made.’

Lewis says she’s embarrassed by the trash and doesn’t feel comfortable inviting people over to her home.

“Who would want [their] guests to come and you’re trying to entertain and they’re looking at stuff like this?” she said.  “I pay to get serviced and [I] don’t get what I pay for,” Lewis said.

Lewis says all she wants is for her lawn to be cleared and for the Republic Services driver she says doesn’t pick up her and her neighbors’ trash, to be held accountable. 

“Tell [the driver] to do her job,” she said. “If she don’t want to do her job, give the job up.” 

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