Trash pick-up service halted in Flint

Posted at 10:32 AM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 10:32:37-04

People in Flint, still dealing with drinking water worries, now have a new problem to contend with.

Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver says there will be no trash collection until further notice.

The city's contract with Republic Services expired Sunday, so Mayor Weaver says there will be no trash pick up starting today.

It's leaving a lot of people wondering what they are going to do with their garbage.

WJRT-TV reports that Mayor Weaver wants to use Rizzo Environmental Services, while the City Council says that is exclusively the mayor's decision, they want to stick with Republic Services.

Now, there's a legal battle.

Reports say City Council voted against using Rizzo, the Mayor vetoed that decision, a city councilman took that veto to court, then the Mayor's office declined Republic's offer to collect trash today.

While this battle over who gets the garbage contract continues, Flint still has concerns after drinking water was contaminated with lead in 2014. Many residents are still using bottled water and filters in their homes.

Mayor Weaver says in a statement that quote "we realize this is an inconvenience," and that they hope to resume trash collection by the middle of the week.

But until then, the people of Flint are being asked not to set their trash on the curb so animals can't get into it and make matters worse.

We will let you know what happens.