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UPDATE: No garbage pickup stinks for many in Floyd County

By: Whitney Burks, Morgan Lentes Email
By: Whitney Burks, Morgan Lentes Email
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A stinky situation in Floyd County might soon be resolved.

Some folks say their trash has piled up for nearly one month without being picked up, but Floyd County Judge Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall says he met with the waste company to come up with a solution.

It is a sight many folks in Floyd County say they have not seen since the beginning of July, but finally relief came to some in the form of a garbage truck.

"I sympathize with the people as I did myself. The garbage was not able to be picked up," said Marshall.

County officials contract the garbage pickup out to Waste Connection, and they blame employee turnover and changing routes for the delays.

They met with Waste Connection officials Wednesday who say they are aware of the issues and are working to fix it as quickly as possible.

"They are on track. I was encouraged by the manner that they're going in, and I believe with all my heart that right soon we'll be back on schedule," said Marshall.

Officials say it could be up to one month before everybody's schedule is completely back to normal.

Anyone still having issues with their garbage pickup can contact Waste Connection's corporate office at 866-428-4208.


Following weeks with no trash pickup, some Floyd County residents are fed up and looking for answers.

Vickie Sizemore cares for a 95-year-old woman, who lives in Minnie, and said their trash is piling up.

"Bugs are already flying on my head. You know, there is already a terrible smell and this is drifting up to the houses," said Sizemore.

Sizemore said no one has come to pickup the garbage since the first of July.

She said they've already filled two large bins full of trash bags and now have to leave the rest in the home.

"It is just a losing battle with all the garbage that is here. We have nowhere to put it," said Sizemore.

Sizemore added that her main concern is about keeping the property properly sanitized.

"The lady that I take care of has to wear Depends and it gets pretty unsanitary for us to have to put it in the house," said Sizemore.

Floyd County Judge Executive R.D "doc" Marshall said the county contracts the work with Waste Connection, a company based in Corbin, and that things like worker turnover and new pickup routes could be contributing to the issues.

"My garbage went two weeks without being picked up and I knew some of their difficulties. I just ask that the people be patient," said Marshall.

Marshall said he will meet with representatives from Waste Connection next Wednesday to see about addressing the issues.

"We will get to the bottom of all of this, I am sure," said Marshall.

He said he hopes to have trash pickup back to normal sometime next week.

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