San Diego residents are complaining about the latest sanitation crisis, as trash pick up has become more scarce.
People who live in North Park are saying that the trash is often overflowing in dumpsters serviced by WM, formerly known as Waste Management.
A property manager in Normal Heights says rats and horrible smells have become a daily encounter.
WM says a trash truck driver shortage is leading to overflowing dumpsters in San Diego neighborhoods.
A spokesperson issued the following statement:
“WM, along with the entire waste-collection industry, is navigating a driver shortage that is affecting collection schedules. WM is taking action by deploying drivers from other California locations to support and streamline the expected, timely and safe service our communities deserve. With the limited talent pool presented to us, we also are offering incentives such as signing bonuses for drivers as well as providing employee-referral bonuses and increasing wages for full-time and temp workers. We’re also hosting targeted hiring events in many areas. WM is committed to our customers, our communities, and the environment – and our team is working hard to ensure accounts are serviced as we continue to navigate the ongoing pandemic-related supply chain constraints.”