Mayor of Chula Vista: Garbage will be picked up from Monday as strike enters week 4

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas said on Saturday that Republic Services, the city’s waste hauler who has been on strike with his workers for three weeks, said it will pick up all trash, green waste and recyclables from the city from Monday.

It was not clear whether other parts of the county served by Republic Services would also be included in the pickups. The company did not respond to the Union-Tribune’s request for information on Saturday.

In a city letterhead statement posted to his Twitter account, Salas said company officials made the pledge to Chula Vista customers in a meeting on Saturday morning.

A city spokesperson later said that the waste hauler clarified that although all three types of trash are collected from homes, “this week they will be disposed of as trash.”

“Some garden and recycling bins may be contaminated with trash or weathering, which will allow the company to dispose of any accumulated waste,” the city official said.

The mayor said that due to her frustration with the strike, she will ask city council at its Tuesday meeting “to consider all options, including in-house garbage collection or the selection of another business, to ensure the disruption of this vital service never happens again.

The strike began on December 17 when more than 250 workers from the private company left work. Workers demand better wages and benefits. Workers on Thursday rejected the company’s latest offer.

The strike resulted in a build-up of trash in Chula Vista and other parts of San Diego County, as well as frustration for residents.

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