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Lubbock trash collection way behind after high rainfall amounts at landfill

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Trash collection all over Lubbock is at least a day behind schedule as of Thursday afternoon.

Officials say heavy rains at Lubbock's main landfill site in Abernathy are to blame. "The City Manager has authorized overtime on Saturday to try and get caught up," said Councilman Paul R. Beane.

One garbage truck got completely stuck in the mud and had to be pulled out with heavy earthmoving equipment. "When trucks come in and dump more water on this and wet rash it makes the problems worse. We can get them in, it just takes time," said Lubbock Landfill manager John Cobb.

Normally garbage trucks make a 20 minute stop at the landfill to unload and then get back to doing routes. Because of soggy conditions, garbage trucks are left waiting for up to four hours to unload before heading back out to pick up more, causing a huge delay in the pick up schedules. "It's been busy. We've had them lined up 35 to 40 trucks deep and we can only get down three to five trucks at a time," said Cobb "We can handle it, but everybody is just going to have to wait for us to get it in there and get it out."

Excess water collected in the landfill is pumped into two large water towers. That water is then drained into another tank located near the landfill where it evaporates. When the evaporation tank is empty more water from the landfill will continue to be pumped out until the clay soil is dry. "If we dodge a bullet with the rain today and tomorrow, I think we'll be okay," Beane said Thursday.

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