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Chula Vista residents question paying bills for pickup amid trash strike – NBC 7 San Diego

The city of Chula Vista is set to declare a public health emergency next week as trash piles up in the city. The move comes as people are still being charged for rubbish collection.

“They treat us like trash,” said Steve Monroe, who said he hadn’t had his trash picked up in a while. “They don’t care. I’m going to help my neighbors, you know. The ones next door and across the street, we watch out for each other.”

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas said in a statement Saturday that all garbage, recycling and green waste will be collected by Republic Services on Monday. Reporting by Omari Fleming of NBC 7.

But, Monroe said, he doesn’t know why he should pay for garbage pickup that never happened due to the ongoing labor dispute at Republic Services.

“I’m not going to pay for this,” Monroe said. “They owe us two or three weeks for not picking up trash.”

Monroe isn’t the only one feeling this. NBC 7 spoke with several other residents who also said they don’t think they should have to pay their bills, sentiments echoed by some Chula Vista City Council members.

“I asked the city manager and told Republic that I would like to see a full month’s credit for families and small and large businesses, schools and school districts: everyone” , Councilor Jill Galvez said.

Galvez said that since pests are a concern, city staff have been collecting trash in parts of town.

“Another issue that people bring up is pests,” Galvez said. “With so much litter, overflowing bins and dumpsters, it’s a problem that locals say will only get worse every day.”

NBC 7 contacted Republic Services. A company representative said it was doing everything it could to help those affected by the labor dispute:

Republic Services understands the concerns of our customers, and we continue to consider the issue of customer credits. We also continue to add rescue teams to assist customers and collect accumulated waste.