Sanitation Dept. promises to finally haul away piles of garbage

Sanitation Dept. promises to finally haul away piles of garbage from Upper East Side

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I figured out the one bright spot to the cold would be that least the garbage smell on the Upper East Side isn't super pungent. But it still stinks. Piles of garbage are still waiting to be picked up.

The mounds of garbage have piled up on some city streets ever since last week's 10-inch snow storm. One section of East 79th Street has so much garbage on it that part of the sidewalk is blocked. As for a pile on East 86th Street, New Yorkers walking by say thank goodness for scarves.

The Department of Sanitation said that it was back on a normal schedule as of Monday. Pickup was suspended throughout the city to handle emergency snow clearing. Sanitation said the only backlog right now is with recycling.

Our video shows several blocks that still have many black garbage bags. We even saw frozen meat.

As for the Upper East Side having more trash than others, the mayor's office released this statement: "Any allegations that neighborhoods were chosen over others for trash removal are totally absurd."

Sanitation told Fox 5 that all the garbage seen in our video should be picked up by the end of the Wednesday.

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