NEW ORLEANS – Three weeks after Hurricane Ida slammed Louisiana, a stench still haunts New Orleans and its suburbs.
Many residents have not had their household trash picked up in weeks. Driving through neighborhoods, bin after bin is filled to the brim and residents are losing patience.
“There’s not one word for it but disgusting,” resident James Hickerson said. “All these trash bags have spoiled meat in them. We can’t sit on the porch because it stinks. Flies are all over.”
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The City of New Orleans says it doesn’t have enough workers to handle the trash due to a worker shortage.
“It just feels like we’re living in a landfill right now,” resident Sherwin White said. “It doesn’t feel like home anymore.”
One solution the city has offered residents is to drop off their garbage themselves.
Cars filled with trash bags have been lining up outside the recycling center for days.
“I didn’t know when they were going to come get it so I took matters into my own hands,” Clarence Villere said as he was dropping off 12 bags of trash.
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Over the weekend, nearly a hundred city residents also took matters into their own hands by dressing up in garbage-themed costumes as part of an organized “trash parade” to demand change.
“It’s like living in a third-world country,” said parade-goer Julia Marshall. “Pay the workers. Give them benefits. They’re the backbone of civil society.”
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In response to the backlash, the City of New Orleans has called in the extensive cleanup crew it uses for Mardi Gras to finish the trash pickup.