Residents challenge new Republic Services report following trash pickup complaints

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Following a rash of complaints, City-Parish leaders told republic services to clean up their act.

“We thank you for the opportunity to prove that we’ll fulfill that promise every pickup, everyday” said Karla Swacker, Marketing Manager for Republic Service during a press conference on June 19, 2019.

Now, a new report said, since June’s warning, the trash collection company has done a turn around.

“We’ve seen some good improvements, we’re still working with republic” said Richard Speer, Director of Environmental Services for East Baton Rouge Parish.

In the report, the city said missed garbage and recycling call rates dropped by 57% and total routes with missed pick-ups has declined by 70% In June, we spoke to one neighbor who complained about the services and now, she said, those feelings remain the same.

“They have not come pick up the trash, it’s been out there for months. I know the Mayor gave Republic 30 days but, in this area, they have not done anything.”

Devonne Winbush live nears the intersection of Tuscarora and Gordon streets. She said along with trash delays, her recycle bin still sits at the edge of her driveway.

” My recycling has been on the curb for 2 weeks, we always have a problem with recycling in this area. I’m not the only one on this street, it’s a dead end street” said Winbush.

While some leaders said republic is now doing a good job.

“We have a good relationship, so things are improving and we’ll continue working with them.”

Winbush said, it’s the same mess.

“Please pick up, pick up the trash, trash makes areas look horrible.”

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