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Sanitation crews finally tackle trash piles


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It’s about stinkin’ time.

Sanitation crews are finally putting a dent in the giant mounds of trash that have popped up around the city since last week’s blizzard suspended pickups, though it will take until the end of week before the last of the piles are removed, agency officials said yesterday.

“Things are actually going better than anticipated,” said Sanitation Department spokesman Keith Mellis.

Some 1,100 trucks were deployed Monday, about 150 more than on a normal day, despite initial plans to have fewer collection vehicles, Mellis said.

However, the agency could not say what percentage of normal Monday pickups were made.

Sanitation officials said whatever they couldn’t get to Monday, they would work on Tuesday, in addition to making stops for regular Tuesday removals.

“As they reduce the snow operations, they are putting people right out on collection,” Mellis said.

Recycling pickup is still suspended until further notice.

A blizzard that dumped 20 inches of snow on the city Dec. 26 halted garbage removal as Sanitation focused on plowing streets.

New Yorkers and elected officials have criticized the agency for not clearing streets quickly, which led to the trash collection delay.


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