City of Flint puts trash contractor on notice for ongoing widespread service failures

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FLINT, Michigan—The City of Flint today officially notified Republic Services that it is in breach of its contract for widespread service failures. The letter demands Republic restore all service throughout the City and fulfill its contractual obligations to provide trash, recycle, and yard waste pickup every week for every Flint household.

“This is simply unacceptable. They were hired to do a job and they owe it to the residents of Flint to do their jobs,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “We aren’t asking for extras or for special treatment: We just want the trash picked up. All of it. Every week. We want to receive what we paid for.”

Republic acknowledged to the City of Flint on May 29, 2020 that residents were experiencing service delays. In repeated conversations with members of the administration, Republic pledged to finish picking up all trash and recycling by May 30 and catch up on all yard waste pickups on June 5.

And, still, the city continues to see curbs filled with uncollected trash.

In fact, the city provided Republic with multiple examples of residents who indicated their trash hadn’t been properly picked up for as long as four weeks.

After Republic failed to meet either of its self-selected deadlines, the City of Flint put Republic on notice that it is in breach of contract and demanded that Republic resume weekly collection of trash, recycling, and yard waste. The letter also requires Republic notify the City of Flint and residents of any further service disruptions within 24 hours and notifies Republic not to invoice for any waste collection services that were not performed.

Residents who are continuing to experience service delays can report these issues to (810) 410-1134. (If after hours or you do not get an answer, please leave a message with your name, phone number and address where service was missed.)

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