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HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. (WJBK) - It's not just the garbage trucks having trouble keeping up.

The South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority is responsible for getting the garbage from the trucks to the landfills and they are overwhelmed.

There is so much trash and trying to get it off city streets is just part of the problem.

"One city at a time," says Daniel Duke of Tringali Sanitation. "I mean we're cleaning up pretty quick, we've got a lot of trucks out here just doing what we've got to do."

At the SOCCRA transfer station in Troy the garbage is piling up very quickly. It is where all of this garbage is supposed to be going before it is transferred to the advanced disposal landfill in Northville.

Here's the problem. Not only are the sanitation companies like Tringali completely overwhelmed but the transfer station in Troy can't keep up with trash coming in.
 
And this is making matters even worse, allegations that SOCCRA illegally dumped 2,000 tons to 3,000 tons of trash in open, outdoor piles at their Madison Heights facility instead of taking it to the landfill - and the city of Madison Heights shut them down.

This is all part of the reason so much garbage from last week's flood is still sitting curbside in places like Huntington Woods, Berkley and surrounding areas.

"People are already saying that rats are gnawing through the bags and it's not good," said Paul Kaye, who paid a private company from Imlay City to have his garbage removed.

Berkley City Manager Jane Bais Disessa said that she spoke to the city's trash hauler Tringali, who is working on the situation.

"They are working with the state (to see if) they can bring in more trucks and manpower," she says. "We're doing our best."

We received word just an hour ago that SOCCRA has now received emergency authorizations from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for both the Madison Heights and Troy transfer stations.

Homeland Security relief has granted additional equipment and equipment operators for both the residential trash hauler and for the transfer station hauling.

Hopefully, we should see these resources Wednesday.

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