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Fed up not having their trash picked-up

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins has bumped up his trash talk, saying he's fed up that Memphians are not having their trash picked-up because of striking sanitation workers who work for Republic Services.

"It ticks me off," he said. "If they're expecting to get a check from the city of Memphis for work they're not doing, we're being taken advantage of."

Councilman Collins said if Republic can't keep up with its trash schedule, it might be time to look at hiring a new company to service the city's trash needs. He said he's received complaints from residents in the Fox Meadows subdivision, who claim their trash hasn't been picked up in nearly two weeks.

While FOX13 News tailed a Republic trash truck that cruised through that neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, Republic spokesman Mike Cohen said they're only a half-day behind schedule.

Collins says Republic Services has been slacking on trash collection, with workers on strike now for a second time this year. The councilman said he's been flooded with calls and e-mails from residents in the Fox Meadows neighborhood, concerned about garbage left out on the curb.

"Here we are within two weeks now and some people still have not had their trash picked up," he said.

"Last week, they didn't get it on the day it's supposed to have been picked up," said Fox Meadows resident Mel Walthall, out walking his dog. 'I just looked in there today and it's still there, so yeah and today is the pick up day."

A few streets over from Walthall, a Republic Services truck was spotted picking up trash in a different part of the neighborhood.  

"We are running up to a half-day late on residential, but expect to be entirely caught up this weekend," Cohen said in an e-mail to FOX13 News.

Cohen also mentioned that about 20 percent of the striking workers returned to work, but Councilman Collins is demanding 100 percent satisfaction for Memphians.

"If that means filing some kind of complaint against Republic, fining them every day for the day they don't pick up and do the service, or even calling the contract into question, yeah, we need to do something," the councilman said.

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