Recycling Rift Causing Pick-up Delays

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos
By Allen Leight

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March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) In a story you saw FIRST on Eyewitness News, workers for Allied Waste Services, the company that picks up recycling for the City of Buffalo and other municipalities, are at odds with their employer.

Allied workers, who are also members of the Teamster union here in Buffalo are calling it a "Ban Of Brothers" as they stand on the picket line, not only for their own rights as Allied Waste Services employees, but also for the rights of fellow Allied workers in Mobile, Alabama.

According to a press release from the Teamster union headquarters, it is Federal labor law violations that have forced Allied employees to boycott.

The protest started in Mobile, Alabama. Now, members of the Teamster union locally are showing their support by also rallying in front of Allied in Buffalo.

Many employees did not report to work on Friday, which means that many residents in the City of Buffalo will not be seeing Allied Workers picking up their recycling or trash as usual.

Buffalo has a contract with Allied, but city officials say they will be taking care of the issue themselves by having the Buffalo Department of Public Works employees take over pick up duties to avoid any disruption.

A spokesperson for the City released this statement late Friday:

"Department of Public Works anticipates completing the recycle pick-up sometime between 6-7pm this evening.

The city of Buffalo's Department of Public Works will be collecting recycling today, due to a work stoppage involving a vendor that is contracted to handle recycle pick up in the city.

DPW crews will be picking up recycling in the scheduled north district area.

City officials say its possible your pick up might be a bit later than normal, but ask residents to leave their green totes curb side and crews will collect your recycle material."

Allied Waste Services spokesperson Will Flower commented, "A log of the drivers were uncomfortable crossing the picket line, so they would be in their next scheduled shift. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of our trucks on the road, so it's likely that pick up of trash and recyclables will be delayed until next week. We are working with our drivers to ensure we can stay focused on customer service."

Allied officials say they expect their trucks to be back on the road by next week.

Other municipalities have been impacted by this recycling rift.

Eyewitness News has picked up releases from other municipalities that are also impacted by this recycling rift:

NO RECYCLING PICK UP TODAY, MARCH 23, 2012 IN THE TOWN OF CHEEKTOWAGA

We were notified this morning that Allied Waste is experiencing a work stoppage and will be unable to pick up recyclables today. They hope to be able to pick up Friday’s and Monday’s routes on Monday. Allied apologizes for the inconvenience to our residents.

The Town of Niagara sanitation company, Allied Waste, is currently having a contract dispute with its workers and therefore will not be picking up garbage or recycling on the normal Friday schedule.

Allied has provided an alternative pickup plan & schedule (listed below).
This is a temporary condition. We’ve been informed we will be back to normal pickup schedules by Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

On behalf of Allied waste, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and we can assure you it will be remedied as soon as possible.

From the Town Of Evans Supervisor's office:

Town Of Evans trash pick-up has been delayed due to a work action at Allied Waste. Friday's pick-up will not happen until Monday, please do not place trash containers curbside until Monday morning.