Germantown residents forced to pick up their own trash

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. -- Backhoes and construction equipment were all over Germantown Monday as crews of workers combed the city picking up trash.

'We just happen to have men, the trucks, the equipment to do so," said Public Works Director Bo Mills.

Called into action by City Administrator Patrick Lawton after he said Inland Waste - the normal garbage company- just stopped doing a third of their work.

"Our residents have received little to nothing in service in terms of yard debris," said Lawton.

The city recently fired Inland after about a year of complains of garbage not getting picked up.

The new company, Waste Pro, starts next week, but even Lawton picked up trash Monday; Germantown doesn't have a week.

"We have high expectations for Waste Pro. We want them to start with as clean a slate as possible on June 1, and not have this residual hanging over them."

News Channel 3 contacted Inland for an answer, but heard nothing back.

Germantown Mayor Mike Palazzolo said neither have they.

"Honestly we don`t communicate much because we`re in court proceeding right now," he said. "We don`t get any real reason why service is not continued per the contract."

The Board of Alderman also approved more money for a total of $320,000 to pick up what Inland hasn't.

Residents said they're done being angry.

At this point, they are just looking forward to the new company.

"There`s no reason to get all upset because what`s going to happen is going to happen."


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