The water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan has been in news headlines for months, but now the city faces another potential crisis. The city is currently without trash and waste removal.
The city of Flint failed to renew the contract with its previous waste removal service provider, Republic Service, leaving garbage to accumulate at the curbside. Mayor Karen Weaver issued a statement regarding the matter.
“Right now, we ask that residents forgo placing their garbage at the curbside,” Weaver said. “There will be no trash removal effective until further notice, beginning Monday, August 1.”
The latest contract was not renewed, as per Mayor Weaver. The reason behind the move has not been made public.
The city of Flint has been plagued with extreme problems in regards to city utilities and services. The now notorious Flint water crisis first became public in 2014 when the city switched its main water supplier. Officials were told that to maintain the water supply from Lake Huron the water would require minor treatment. The Flint River was known to be corrosive, as early as 2010. The water utility layout of Flint features home and businesses that use lead pipes. The water corroded the lead pipes and contaminated the water supply. The lead levels in tested water samples exceeded the acceptable standards imposed by the EPA.
City officials hope to have waste removal service reinstated before Monday, August 8.
The city of Flint, amidst a water crisis, is now faced with a different issue. It has become unclear whether or no the city will continue to provide trash removal service for residents. The alarming news came July 29 when Mayor Karen Weaver rejected a contract proposal with Republic Services, the city’s waste removal service.
Residents were notified that trash removal service would stop on August 1 and were asked not to place waste at the curbside for pick up until further notice. An announcement was made late in the evening on August 1 that a temporary resolution has been reached and that Republic Services will continue to provide trash removal through August 12. The temporary extention will allow for Mayor Weaver and the Flint City Council time to decide whether or not they will accept the previous proposal or draft a new one.
One councilman, Scott Kinkaid, filed a suit against Mayor Weaver as she chose to ignore the solid waste removal resolution brought forth by the city council.
“Living here in Flint has been like living in a third world country,” said one resident. “First we have water unsafe to do anything with and now we have to live in mounds of trash.”
“it’s a shame the city does this to us,” said another.
A third resident expressed his desire to forget Michigan all together and relocate to the south.
The Flint City Council rejected an earlier bid presented by Rizzo Environmental Services. The council questioned the company’s reliability and responsibility due to the incredibly low priced bid.
Flint trash removal service will resume Tuesday, August 2 and will run one day behind schedule.