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Trash pickup to resume Tuesday

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Flint suspended garbage pickup on Aug. 1, but a stop-gap agreement was reached to limit the damage for the next few days.

People in Flint woke up on Aug. 1 with no trash service. By the afternoon the city and its current garbage contractor reached a temporary agreement.

Republic Services of Flint offered the following statement on the matter: 

We are encouraged that Mayor Weaver has reconsidered our earlier offer to provide interim residential waste collection service in Flint. We have reached an understanding with the City, and are ready to resume service on Tuesday, August 2nd.

This interim service arrangement is in effect through Friday, August 12. Residents are reminded that their collection service will be delayed by one day for the remainder of this week. Flint residents will return to their normal collection schedule on Monday, August 8.

We are truly proud to be a part of the Flint community, and sincerely thank residents for their patience while the City reconsidered an interim service arrangement.

"We want the trash to be picked up and we do believe that we have something in place," Mayor Karen Weaver said.

Weaver is in a political game of tug of war with city council. Weaver prefers Ruzzi over Republic Services of Flint for trash pickup in the city.

"We have a short term solution. We are going to be sitting down with [city] council to get this issue resolved, but one of the things I do want to put out is I think that under emergency manager we have been doing so many no bid contracts. And they haven't been in the best interest of the city when you look at the cost," Weaver said.

That was probably the motivation behind Weaver's move when she vetoed the city council's majority decision of an 8-1 vote for the city to retain its current primary trash collector. That move motivated City Councilman Scott Kincaid to take Weaver to court.

He said they are playing dirty politics in Flint.

"Republic has a long standing contract with Flint the last three years," Kincaid said.

The difference in contracts is money and periods of time. Weaver wants Rizzo for a five year deal with a price tag this is $2 million less than Republic's bid.

The temporary agreement remained in place until Aug. 12.

“I want to thank Republic Services for agreeing to resume trash collection in Flint while we work to resolve this matter,” Weaver said. “My main objective is to do what’s best for the citizens and the City of Flint. Members of city council and I may have different views on what that is, but residents should not be inconvenienced because of it.”

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