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Union Parish residents fed up with trash piling up at dumpsters

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 4:54 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 11:58 PM CDT
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UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE) - KNOE is looking into complaints from some Union Parish residents. They say trash has been piling up at area dumpsters for nearly three weeks.

All six dumpsters located on Chapman Road are overflowing with heaps of trash.

“We’re already paying taxes on this for it to be picked up and now you want to charge me because a box is on the ground,” Harrelson said. “It rubs me the wrong way.”

Eric Harrelson says his wife received a summons in the mail for trash being found at the dumpsite. He says they accidentally left their name on the box but he is positive it was thrown on top of the overflowing bin.

“The wind blows and people come and dig through these dumpsters all the time,” Harrelson said. “It’s been a common issue and things are going to end up on the ground when they don’t fit.”

Now Harrelson and his wife are planning to fight the ticket but they also hope things will change soon.

“I mean it’s just nasty. You smell it. You see it,” Harrelson said. “Something’s got to change.”

KNOE reached out to Union Parish officials. Officials with the parish say they are short-staffed due to COVID-19. They have had a number of CDL drivers test positive for the virus and are actively hiring more CDL drivers.

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