The recent snowstorms have delayed garbage pickup in many neighborhoods, but after a month of holding on to their trash, some Queens residents are losing their cool. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
The garbage is not the only thing overflowing in an Astoria alleyway. Frustration among some of the residents is spilling over, too.
"I'm just at my wits end with all of this. It's really bad," said one resident.
They say it's been a month since their last trash pickup, and they can't bare to look at all this mess anymore.
"The garbage has been piling up and piling up," said another resident. "It's just been horrible.
When the city resumed trash pickup last week residents who share this alleyway between 28th and 29th streets assumed this garbage would be gone by the weekend, but it was still there Monday afternoon.
When NY1 saw Nat Chowlera and his secretary, they were putting the garbage in his garage. They say too many people are tossing garbage on top of the pile as they walk by.
"All this garbage is not from us," she said.
"They just keep dumping, dumping, dumping," he said.
While some people were pretty mad about the situation, NY1 also spoke with several residents who were taking it all in stride, at least for now.
Resident: No problem. We have a lot of space to pile it up on.
NY1: So it doesn't bug you?
Resident: No, not at this point. Maybe another week or two, it may.
Lucky for him, it won't come to that. The Department of Sanitation is aware of the problem and says the alleyway is on a list of locations to be addressed.
The department also pointed out that garbage pickup in alleyways like these are suspended when there is snow and ice. They are not public thoroughfares, so they're not salted or plowed and that could make it dangerous for sanitation workers.
Residents are asked to put the trash in front of their homes during the snow season instead.