SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — The trash pickup has fallen behind schedule for neighborhoods across Shreveport due to the holidays and bad weather.
“We’ve had our trash can sitting out for 11 to 12 days since it was picked up,” said Trey Pierce. “I’ve tried to call the city but I got a lot of the run-around. This person would transfer me to this person then that one would transfer me to somebody else and nobody would ever return my phone call.”
According to the City of Shreveport, solid waste crews are working hard to catch up on collecting trash after the short weeks for Christmas and New Year’s caused delays.
“We’re aware that it is an inconvenience, but we just ask everybody to be patient with us. They’re working around the clock working as hard as they possibly can to get caught back up,” said city spokesman Benjamin Riggs.
Riggs said in previous years, the city has paid solid waste workers extra to handle the trash during the holiday season, but with the department being understaffed, the problem always seems to resurface each year.
“They have a lot more to pick up when they come back to get caught up. And that has been complicated even more this year because you’ve had excessive rainfall.”
Riggs said things should be different in the coming year.
“In the 2021 budget, we have budgeted for vehicle packages which will enable us to have more vehicles and therefore hire more people and have more trash compactors on the road during this time.”
Wednesday and Saturday will be used to help crews get back on schedule.