Peoria garbage collection works one day, workers ask for patience

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria’s trash pickup service resumed on Wednesday, but some residents may have to wait a little longer to dispose of their trash.

Employees of GFL Environmental, formerly known as Peoria Disposal Company, announced that services were one day late due to weather conditions.

Central Illinois snowstorm from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, but a brief pause in garbage collection services on Wednesday. Blocked roads have led to full trash cans left frosty on the streets.

Thomas Timbrook, the city’s rear loader, said now that they’re back on their roads picking up trash, they’re also trying to catch up.

“It’s definitely more difficult in the snow,” said Timbrook. “It’s much slower, so we’re late.”

Timbrook said that although the city’s streets are now passable, there are still some that remain untouched, creating roadblocks for workers to get to homes on their routes.

Eric Shangraw, spokesperson for GFL, said that in situations where streets are blocked by snow, it is up to workers to decide whether they are able to cross them to pick up trash from residents.

Shangraw also said there were other issues faced by the workers.

“A lot of people took out their carts, cans or bags yesterday during the snow so they got buried and on top of that the snow plow came by and buried them even more,” Shangraw said. “And we can’t have our guys dig up everybody’s trash that’s buried in a snowdrift.”

He said he was asking residents to do their part and facilitate the garbage collection process.

“So we’re asking residents to take the time to dig it up and put it on the side of the snowdrift so the guy can reach it,” Shangraw said.

He said the weight of the trash can reach 200 pounds and that, coupled with the heavy snow, it’s even more difficult for their employees. He said he was asking the public to have a little more patience over the next few days.

“The truck drives slower, the driver takes a bit longer to walk through his work, it takes longer to lift the carts,” Shangraw said. “And when you make 500 to 800 stops a day, your day goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..”

“Have patience with us, please,” he said.

He said that going forward it would be a team effort to get the process back on track.

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