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Trash Schedule Delayed Due to Broken Trucks, Low Manpower

Things should get better in about six months, he says, when a batch of new trucks arrive.

June 05, 2018 - 9:33 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's administration admits they're falling behind schedule on trash pickup because of drivers quitting and trash trucks breaking down.

Director of Operations Todd Waelterman says on average, only 55 trucks out of the fleet of 70 are working, and they need at least 58 a day to cover all the routes.

“We’re not getting many As. I think we’re functioning more at a C-grade now, and that’s due to equipment and manpower. We’ve been unable to stick with our regular schedule," he says. "What I will say, why I give us a C-grade, is we don’t have overflowing cans everywhere. I don’t believe it’s a public safety issue."

Waelterman says drivers are quitting because the trucks keep breaking down. Things should get better in about six months, he says, when a batch of new trucks arrives.