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Add it to the pile: Flint residents now dealing with delayed trash collection

Trash pickup is the latest hurdle for the city of Flint.
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Trash pickup is the latest hurdle for the city of Flint.

 Our conversation with Mark Masters

The problems continue to pile on Flint: Over the weekend, Mayor Karen Weaver announced that trash pickup was to becanceledindefinitely, due to a dispute between the mayor and city council over which vendor will receive the city’s garbage collection.

Mayor Weaver hoped to grant the contract to Rizzo Environmental Services, which had the lowest bid. The city council decided to continue with Republic, the city’s current trash hauler. Mayor Weaver then vetoed the council’s decision, which led to an override of the mayor’s veto by the council.

On Monday, city officials reached an interim agreement with Republic to resume trash pickup, starting August 2. The arrangement will remain in place until August 12. Officials saytrash collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of this week; it should be back on schedule by the start of next week.

On August 10, a meeting of the Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) is scheduled to decide who will perform trash pickups permanently.This latest problem is just one among many for the city that has suffered from an unresolved water crisis since 2014.


Mark Masters, a landlord with TMD Realtors, joined Stateside to discuss this latest problem and how he’s trying to handle it with his residents.


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Mark Masters is a landlord with TMD Realtors.

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