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Sanitation Workers Re-Focus on Picking Up Garbage as Snow Melts

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Thanks to the snow and ice that was seen throughout the city, there's still plenty of garbage that the Department of Sanitation has to pick up. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Warmer weather may help melt some of the snow that piled up in recent weeks, but it won't make the garbage go away.

On Booth Memorial Avenue in Flushing, the trash was still stacked pretty high on Thursday. In some places, it was spilling onto the sidewalks and into the street.

"It's getting a little rough," said one resident.

Like so many other areas in the city, sanitation pickup has been spotty in this Flushing neighborhood because of the recent snowstorms. Sanitation crews were focused on spreading salt and plowing streets instead.

"It's tremendous, tremendous amount of trash, but we just have to kind of go with the flow, I guess," said one resident.

Some residents NY1 spoke with said that they didn't want to put the garbage on the sidewalk without knowing when the Department of Sanitation was going to come by, but keeping it in the house was no longer an option.

Now that the weather has shifted, the Department of Sanitation can re-focus on garbage pickup, and crews are working hard to clear the streets.

The Department of Sanitation said that it's expecting to be back on its regular garbage collection schedule by the end of this weekend. Residents are hoping that the garbage will be gone before then.

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