Unexpected Eyesore In Tourist Area

An eyesore crops up in one of Omaha’s busiest tourist attractions. It left several restaurant owners asking what happened to their trash pick up. So they called Mike McKnight and Fact Finders to get answers and results.

The owner of the old market diner found a less than appetizing sight in the alley behind his restaurant. Diner owner Michael Henery says, " I’m really worried because look at that wood on this building. If that catches fire that wood will instantly go inside and that's a wood building."

A recycling container for a dozen restaurants hadn't been emptied for a week and kept getting higher since the busy holiday weekend
Waste Management picks up three days a week. But Memorial Day delayed it and when the driver came Tuesday, a company spokesperson says some unidentified material blocked the container causing two more days of piling on.

Henery says, "When the recycling bin got filled then throw this stuff in the rest of the bins and not let it go like this."

Late Thursday afternoon Fact Finders found the mess hauled away and a city inspector documenting the scene as a cycle of recycling begins again.

The spokesperson for Waste Management says the trash will be picked up three times a week as long as the container isn't blocked. The city will send Waste Management a warning while an inspector monitors the alley to make sure recyclables don't pile up again.


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