July 24, 2016

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Company criticized as garbage pickups resume

Kiera Manion-Fischer and Loren Genson

While Republic Services customers are relieved to see trash pickups resume, many complain that the company was not responsive to questions and the resulting confusion resulted in trash and garbage left outside for days.

Joan Bivin, 68, who lives on Indian Creek Drive in Litchfield Township, said her trash pickup day is Thursday, and she couldn’t get through to Republic Services last week to find out whether she was supposed to leave her trash out or take it in.

She said trash went uncollected in her neighborhood.

“All my neighbors had their trash out there; dogs have been getting into it,” she said.

The company did answer her in an email that said not all Medina County residents would see their trash picked up this weekend.

Rod Knight, 75, a Liverpool Township resident, had the same problem.

“My biggest concern was just the uncertainty,” he said. “There’s no word coming out.”

Knight said trash was piling up where he lived as well. Knight, who is involved in the Valley City Chamber of Commerce, as well as the historical society, lives on Station Road, about a quarter-mile from the Lorain County line, he said.

His garbage had been scheduled to be picked up Friday, and he said he left it out until Sunday.

Republic serves most of Medina County, except for the cities of Medina and Wadsworth and the village of Lodi. Workers will return to their routes this week, and normal trash days are expected for all residents in Medina County.

While some additional routes were completed by a special crew on Sunday and Monday in communities including Brunswick, a customer service specialist reached by phone on Monday advised residents to put their trash out on normal pickup days for collection this week.

Sandy Theis, a spokeswoman for Republic Services, said customers should see their trash pickup days back to normal this week after union leaders with Teamsters Local 20 announced over the weekend they had ended their strike.

“All the routes are going to be covered, and we’re happy everyone has been very patient,” she said. “Hopefully there will be no more delays.”

Local 20, which represents 200 workers at Republic Services’ Lorain County operations in Carlisle Township, went on strike last week in support of Teamsters Local 377 in Youngstown, whose members have been without a contract since Oct. 31.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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