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Business collecting from trash piles for rummage sales

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City officials acknowledge a delay in trash collection, much of which was caused by an early March ice storm. City officials acknowledge a delay in trash collection, much of which was caused by an early March ice storm.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - Imagine living with trash piling up outside your house for weeks. This is a reality for people in some Memphis neighborhoods.

The curbs are clear on the street, but the WMC Action News 5 newsroom keeps getting calls from people who say theirs are not.

Mario Riley called WMC Action News 5 with a problem.

"There's trash from my yard. They need to pick it up," said Riley. "Well, I'm tired of looking at it."

He says city crews did not collect the pile on his curb on trash day.

City officials acknowledge a delay in trash collection, much of which was caused by an early March ice storm resulting in widespread tree debris across town. Spring cleaning, annual yard work, or the occasional car part dump all add to the pile.

Crews are working overtime, but lose days to rain and other inclement weather. City officials say they say they hope to catch up to normal collection schedules soon.

A week ago, Action News 5 profiled neighbors in the Vollintine Evergreen community who say they had stared at their trash for weeks. A day later, crews cleared the area.

After that story, WMC Action News 5 got calls from other neighborhoods, not only Mario's, but also a few streets over from Evergreen. There WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney met a guy digging through the pile.

He did not want to give us his name, but he says his business is collecting stuff, often for rummage sales. He says this area has been popular in recent weeks.

"Merchandise just sitting out. Nobody else collecting. So we just stop by and just collect it," he said.

One man's trash is another's man's treasure, but Mario Riley says his trash is just that.

City officials ask for three things: patience, understanding, and for citizens to call 311 with concerns.

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