Trash overload: Metro Detroiters say garbage not picked up for weeks

Posted at 9:49 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 21:49:19-04

Township resident Don Henderson never thought trash could bring him so much stress. He says his family hasn't seen a garbage truck in over 2 weeks.

But after calling Republic, the waste management company that services their home, they were notified Republic was no longer responsible.

They would learn that a new company, Green for Life, had taken over Republic's residential contracts, leaving them and many other customers in the neighborhood with questions over who supposed to pick it up

Henderson says he tried to reach out to Green for Life on several different occasions but could never get through. Phone calls, he says, were never returned.

In an attempt to keep their growing waste away from wild animals and out of the summer heat, they've been storing some of the trash back in the garage, which has brought on a strong smelly odor.

Channel 7 spoke to a Green for Life representative about the hold up, and he admitted that there was some confusion in the transition but said they would be stepping up their routes to rectify the situation.

By the end of Wednesday, many of those complaining of the lagging trash clean up saw their trash finally get picked up, including the Hendersons.

And Green for Life says they expect all Republic customers in the area to have their trash picked up and completed by Monday of the following week.