On Trash Day One Block Forgotten

When you put your trash out at night you expect it to be picked up the next morning. But a few Omaha residents have waited almost week.

Every day since scheduled pickup last Wednesday, Bill Booe has come home to find his trash still curbside. Bill says, " It’s crazy. I probably have dead grass under here now."

While waiting for collection the trash has collected odor and insects.
Bill says, " You can see the flies. The trash has been sitting in the sun for almost a week and I’m not bringing it up to my house."

What Bill and neighbors can't understand is how trash has been collected all around the neighborhood except for six homes on both sides of one block. Homeowners say their yard waste was picked up a day late but picked up. Yet their regular trash sits curbside going on six days now.

Bill says he has made daily calls to the city waste line. He tells Fact Finders, " I’ve been told to keep the trash out every day, they'll be out by seven pm. I call again and nothing."

The next door neighbor is just as frustrated. Ed Cooper says, "I think they're negligent about this. I wonder what's going on with the city sanitation department that they chose to ignore this block."

Tongue in cheek the homeowners have a description for this stretch of Bedford Street. Bill Booe says, "The lost block with invisible trash."

A label they hope gets thrown away for good on Wednesday, the next scheduled trash pickup day.

Fact Finders contacted the city supervisor who oversees Deffenbaugh collections. We then went back to the neighborhood tonight and found the trash picked up on both sides of the street.

The supervisor speculates the block had been missed because of human error.


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