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Republic Services accused of leaving mess after bulk cleanup

File photo of a Republic Services bulk waste clean up in Citrus Heights, 2022. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
A crew from Republic Services, which handles waste collection for the City of Citrus Heights, reportedly left broken glass scattered over a large area on a residential court near Sunrise Boulevard and Locher Way during a recent bulk pickup, drawing the ire of at least one resident on the court.

In an email to Citrus Heights City Manager Ash Feeney on Thursday, resident Scott Smith said broken glass was left “all over our court,” including the street, gutters, and sidewalks.

“Since broken glass is a dangerous hazard, I had to change my plans and spend about an hour of my time doing what I could to clean it up,” Smith said in the email, which he shared with The Sentinel.

In a statement emailed to The Sentinel Friday, a Republic Services representative said the company was notified of the problem and has removed the debris.

“Republic Services was notified of the issue and has since removed the debris in mention,” the statement said. “We are committed to keeping our communities clean and are sending out a street sweeping truck this weekend to further ensure the area has been cleaned to the satisfaction of our valued customers.”

Economic Development and Community Engagement Director Meghan Huber told The Sentinel on Friday that city staff had contacted Republic Services and was assured they are resolving the issue.

In a followup email, Smith said Republic Services contacted him Friday by phone to say they had scheduled a street sweeper to be sent to the court on March 18.

“Of course that’s very appreciated,” Smith said. “Though they haven’t said they’re doing anything to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.”

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