Across the Area

Garbage strike dragging on

A REPUBLIC SERVICES waste collection truck. Not a local truck (Republic Services).

In Huntington Beach, the city council held a special meeting on Tuesday and declared a local emergency in response to the ongoing labor dispute between Republic Services and the union that represent sanitation workers in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach.

The council authorized the city manager and fire chief to implement temporary measures to arrange for trash service for residents and businesses.

Emergency trash drop-off locations have been established at Edison Park and Community Center, Greer Park, Meadowlark Golf Club, Murdy Park and Community Center and the city public works yard.

In Garden Grove, the city is telling residents that Republic Services is trying to expand its collections by hiring other workers with a focus on serving schools, food service operations and health care facilities.

Some residential routes were scheduled for service, but if waste is not collected, the city urges that containers be brought in until the next collection date. If your bins are overflowing, refuse should be placed in trash bags – preferably double-bagged and tied – near your bin.

For more information, call Republic Services at (800) 700-8610.



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