Tiger Sanitation held its first city wide bulk trash pickup on March 19, 2016. The collection skipped over a large portion of the city, leaving heaps of trash all along city streets.
Quarterly bulk pickup was part of the contract Tiger Sanitation offered the city in the fall of 2015 when the City Council accepted proposals from various companies. The Council decided on Tiger Sanitation, making it the only trash company that could provide service to citizens inside the city limits.
On the day of the bulk pickup, residents in the city watched as the Tiger Sanitation truck passed their house and didn’t stop to pick up their garbage. Some reports claim that Tiger stopped and picked up trash from people who weren’t customers, but skipped over people who actually were.
Angela Sanchez said her husband Fred even offered to help the Tiger Sanitation workers load their trash into the trash truck, but they refused the help and refused to take the trash.
Mayor Micki Ball answered complaints on social media accounts, blaming people for not following the rules of the pickup by setting out items that were too large or couldn’t be collected, such as tires.
Multiple people posted complaints , but Mayor Ball attacked one person in particular. Simone Miller, a wheelchair bound, disabled veteran, posted the following:
Mayor Ball responded by saying that what Miller had to say was “silly.”
Ball has stated that Tiger is planning a second bulk pick up on March 26, 2016 for those skipped in the first round.