Waste Management asking for forgiveness as trash piles up in Attleboro

ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — Residents in Attleboro have been complaining about a serious slow-down in trash pick-up.

Often times “trash day” is now happening a few days late.

According to Waste Management, the city’s recycling and trash pick-up company, they are experiencing severe staff shortages — mainly a lack of CDL licensed truck-drivers.

The situation has gotten so bad in Bristol County that Waste Management even wrote a letter to Attleboro Mayor, Paul Heroux, which is now posted on the city’s website.

“Trash and recycling issues are something that my predecessor warned me would be the most frequently complained about issue in the city,” Mayor Heroux told ABC6, “and he was right.”

In its letter, Waste Management apologized to residents and explained that they have hosted multiple job fairs to find employees — even offering incentives like signing bonuses, referral bonuses, and additional benefits, but few people have signed on.

In nearby Norton, Waste Management says they were only able to fill 6 out of 11 open truck driver positions after a series of job fairs and incentives.

But the company is lacking more than just truck drivers.

“They’re also having a hard time getting mechanics in to fix some of the trucks,” explained mayor Heroux.

“They have an entire fleet that needs to be tended to everyday and sometimes they just cant get as many trucks out onto the streets.”

While Waste Management is asking residents for forgiveness, the Attleboro Health Department is also warning about an uptick of rats in the city.

The department also penned a letter that can be found on the city’s website. It states that “shorter and warmer winters are contributing to longer breeding seasons” for rodents.

The department has posted advice on how to deal with the expanding rat population and how to seal entrances to keep them out of homes.

While the rodent problem is not something unique to Attleboro, it’s not helped by the trash situation either.

Waste Management says it’s training its newest group of hires, and hopes they’ll be able to join the workforce and alleviate some of the delays by mid-August.

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