More Equipment, Labor & Temporary Transfer Station Will Immediately Address Trash Issues; Citizens Should Expect Relief Starting Friday

September 21, 2021

Representatives of the city’s two major trash collection contractors – Richards Disposal and Metro Services – said Tuesday that citizens can expect accelerated pick-up of household garbage to begin within the next few days. According to testimony at Tuesday’s City Council Public Works Committee meeting, creative solutions and new sources of labor and equipment are […]

Trash Relief Should Begin Wednesday With Arrival of Ceres Environmental

September 15, 2021

City officials said today that residents should see a greater volume of debris from Hurricane Ida being removed from their neighborhood streets beginning Wednesday, September 15, and continuing through next week at the very least. Only about 5% of the 54,000 tons of debris left behind from Hurricane Ida has been picked up to date. […]

Metro Disposal Fires Sanitation Workers, Uses Prison Labor, as the City is Silent

May 13, 2020

Last week, Big Easy Magazine reported on the sanitation truck workers on strike in Gentilly, protesting their abysmal pay and safety conditions.  Four days ago, WWLTV reported that all of the striking workers were fired.  Now, according to Payday Report, a Chattanooga-based cooperative, the workers were replaced by “transitional labor” – namely, incarcerated workers who […]

“Trucks don’t roll. We are not moving.” Gentilly Sanitation Workers Announce Strike

May 5, 2020

“Trucks don’t roll. We are not moving,” Gregory Woods, a sanitation worker, told WDSU today, as local sanitation workers announced a strike.  In the early morning of May 5, these sanitation workers, known as “hoppers,” lined up in front of the Metro Service Group (“Metro Disposal”) disposal facility on Old Gentilly Road, picketing their workplace.  […]

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