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Residents of South City neighborhood upset as city litter removal lags behind schedule

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A Dutchtown homeowner says trash is piling up in his south St. Louis neighborhood. (Credit: KMOV) A Dutchtown homeowner says trash is piling up in his south St. Louis neighborhood. (Credit: KMOV)
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A Dutchtown homeowner tells News 4 trash is piling up in his south St. Louis neighborhood. 

"It gets picked up maybe once a week and sometimes, not even then," said Kevin Sigsby.

He claims crews aren't coming out to collect waste on a regular basis.

"Sometimes, it gets picked up on a Tuesday," said Sigsby. "I've even had them come by on a Saturday and other neighbors say, 'they were picking up our trash on a Sunday.'"

Still, not everyone in Dutchtown believes the trash pile-up is a city problem. 

"I think they're doing all they can do," said Fred Hoover. "They can't do anymore than they're doing picking up the trash. It's not their fault that people are throw it all over the yard."

"They've got to do their part with the smaller trash so we can all work together," said Todd Waelterman.

St. Louis City Executive Director of Operations Todd Waelterman told News 4 old equipment is the reason behind the lag in litter removal.

"And part of having that old equipment is we're not able to meet our normal schedule," said Waelterman.

City workers are clocking in extra hours to make up for the faulty equipment, but it comes at a fairly hefty cost.

"Our overtime in the last year has gone from $250,000 a year to pushing $600,000 this budget year," said Waelterman. "It's all due to this old equipment that's not very dependable."

Waelterman said thanks to a trash fee rate increase last fall, the city should have 18 new brand trucks out picking up waste by July.

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