A longtime resident contacted me today because she was horrified by the enormous, uncollected piles of trash behind the U.S. Postal Service and behind the local McDonald's in Richmond Heights.
I was equally alarmed so I contacted the City's Service Director. Here is how he explained to me why our tax-payer funded Service Department would not be picking up that trash:
Republic Waste Services is on strike. If the Richmond Heights Service Department picked up the trash (at the above pictured locations), then they would have to put the trash inside of its trash receptacles which are collected by Waste Management. The City of Richmond Heights contracts with Waste Management for garbage pick up. Waste Management is observing or honoring Republic Waste's strike; therefore, Waste Management would be offended if it indirectly served as a strikebreaker against Republic.
It is a "brother code" -- picking up the trash violates no law. So, in the meantime, the City of Richmond Heights will have to endure the health hazard and unsightliness of uncollected trash.