Multiple readers contacted the Bastrop Daily Enterprise on Monday to express concerns about multi-day delays in trash collection across the parish.
According to the Solid Waste Management Secretary, Virginia Robinson, the delays have occurred because none of the trash trucks were running. As of late Monday morning, repairs were in progress and Robinson said the department hoped to have two trucks ready later in the day.
Pick-up would resume starting with Thursday's route — the collection that should have occurred on Thursday, June 19 — and then continue until collection is caught up.
According to Police Juror Mark Sistrunk, there are six garbage trucks and none were operational as of Monday morning. Sistrunk and Police Juror Floyd Tomboli were traveling through the area visiting shops to check on repair progress and ensure collection resumes as quickly as possible.
Mark Sistrunk provided the Enteprise with a statement about the delay in pick-ups.
"We are working as hard as we can to resolve this situation," Sistrunk said. "We will have them back on the road as quickly as possible. This is the first real problem we've had with garbage collection in Morehouse Parish since we [the police jury] took over almost five years ago. We will rectify the situation as soon as possible."
As previously reported the police jury is in the process of buying new garbage trucks. Sistrunk said that the new trucks could be in service by early September.
See page 3 to read a letter to the editor concerning this issue.