Headaches mount as trash continues to pile up in North Ridgeville neighborhoods hit by flooding

Flooding trash not picked up as promised

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - Trash continues to sit on curbs in North Ridgeville and it has residents frustrated about the mess and concerned about the mounting health threat.

Monday morning, the area along Willow Brook Lane looked more like a disaster zone than a residential neighborhood.

The line of garbage stretches some 200 feet and the trash still outside includes big screen televisions, couch sets, children’s mattresses, drywall, carpeting, hard wood floors and so forth.

On the city’s website, a message posted advised residents Allied Republic Waste would be picking up bulk trash on Saturday, May 17. The message also said the company would only be able to provide two to four trucks on Saturday with a concentration on the hardest hit areas, Ward 2 & Ward 4.

An Allied Republic spokesperson said Monday that the company has a huge stretch of area to cover due to the flooding. Saturday, the company said, they sent 22 trucks to North Ridgeville, North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, Avon Lake, Avon, Brunswick and other cities and gathered 300 tons of trash, including 110 tons from North Ridgeville.

However, in most of the hardest hit areas, residents didn't see trucks Saturday or Sunday. They woke Monday with the same heaps of garbage still outside.

Bulk garbage — meaning furniture and mattresses, etc. — is normally only picked up on the first week of the month. Regular trash collection is on Mondays and Tuesdays, according to the city’s website. 

An updated statement from the city on its website reads: 

With a large number of communities being served by Allied Waste requesting the same service due to flooding in their communities, they are doing their best to accommodate the requests as quickly as possible.
...the City is having dumpsters brought in beginning Monday, May 19 to the hardest hit areas in Wards 2 & 4. The City’s Service Dept. will be working to fill the dumpsters and to remove the trash as quickly as possible in the areas that have concentrated flood debris/trash. There are also several self-serve dumpsters that have been placed in South Central Park (south side) for any residents that would like to take their trash to place it in the dumpsters.   

North Ridgeville City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Chambers to discuss flooding, and residents say they will be out in full force.

Tune in to Monday's Live on Five when we ask local officials what they're doing to address homeowners concerns. 

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