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Trash piling up in South Bend

– Weeks of heavy snowfall have hampered trash collection in South Bend, and some residents are griping about the growing mounds of garbage.

Franz Richter, who lives near downtown South Bend, said his trash hasn’t been picked up in four weeks and his neighborhood is filled with trash piled up in overflowing bins and alleys.

“It looks like a homeless shelter out there. Just the way everyone has left the trash out there,” he told the South Bend Tribune.

The city postponed trash pickup at least twice in the past month because snow made it difficult for crews to navigate streets and alleys.

City Public Works Director Eric Horvath acknowledged the trash-collection problems Friday but said the city has assigned additional crews to try to eliminate the trash piles. He said part of the problem is that the snow has made alleyways impassable in some areas.

“And we don’t plow alleys, so the trash trucks were getting stuck in alleys and not being able to get down there,” Horvath said.

He said the city has contemplated asking residents to put their trash by the curb instead of in the alley. But Horvath said that presents its own problems, including the fact that it can be difficult for some people to move their bins.