City sanitation struggles amid worker shortage

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It is smelly and dangerous, not to mention attracting bugs and wild animals to Atlanta neighborhoods. Trash is piling up at the city’s sanitation department. Residents said their trash is not being collected and it has become a real problem.

Some residents said it takes days for the trash to be collected. Residents in the West End neighborhood said their collection is two days late.

Former sanitation workers said the biggest reason for leaving city employment is over the lack of pay. Mayor Kasim Reed said that is not a valid reason. Reed is promising residents that it will get better.

City Hall took the unusual step to going to a temp agency to get workers, but is seeking a long-term solution.