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Gladwin residents express frustration with trash service

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Trash overflows at a Sugar River Road house in Gladwin County.

Gladwin county residents have complained for weeks that their trash is piling up. For some, garbage hasn’t been collected in over a month.

Residents have been calling their local officials along with posting about their experiences in a local Facebook group called Gladwin County in the Know.

In a written statement, Republic Services of Flint, the trash collection company, said it was experiencing staffing challenges much like the larger waste industry. The second statement follows.

“Republic Services of Flint is caught up on waste collections and is expecting to be caught up with recycling collections in the next few weeks,” the written statement said. “Republic Services will continue to carefully monitor the needs of our customers and communities with the supply and availability of our talent and adjust our efforts to attract, engage and retain talent accordingly.

Butman Township resident Rebecca Pyrzewski said it’s a lie they’ve been caught up.

“They have not touched anybody in my area for 5 weeks now,” she said. “I have four trash cans still all full and each day there’s just more trash getting piled up in each trash can.”

Pyrzewski said she is running out of places to put her trash.

“I have no trash cans left to use,” she said. “I literally have to walk to (the) end of my driveway just to go through each trash can to see ‘oh, (which) one has room in it today, can I fit this much trash in it’.”

No one is certain when the issue will be resolved, but one thing is for sure: everyone is ready for the garbage to go.


We had previously identified Rebecca Pyrzewski as living in Secord township. In fact she lives in Butman township.

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