Garbage Piles Up as Strike Continues

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Garbage is piling up in Northeast Ohio as an ongoing strike by Republic Services workers continues.

Local Teamsters went on strike in support of union members in Youngstown. Employees there have been on strike for three weeks.

Temporary replacement workers were on the job Wednesday to service customers, according to Republic Services.

Teamsters in some communities elected to cross the picket line and return to work Wednesday, though no Cleveland or Elyria workers have done so.

The ongoing sympathy strike is causing delays in trash pickup.

Residents in Eastlake, Willoughby Hills, Wickliffe, Macedonia, Sagamore Hills and Mentor on the Lake have all been serviced. Recycling collection will begin as soon as possible.

Trash collection in Parma, North Ridgeville, Bay Village, Strongsville, Berea, Fairview Park, Parma Heights, Vermilion, Avon Lake, Lorain and Brunswick is two to three days behind schedule. Republic Services said Thursday that trash collection will continue into the weekend.

Residents are asked to leave their trash out as temporary employees work diligently to get back on schedule.

Republic Services released a statement Thursday:

“We apologize for the inconvenience our customers have experienced during this sympathy strike. We are committed to meeting their waste and recycling needs as quickly as possible, and we appreciate the patience of our customers at this time.”

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