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UPDATE: Trash dumped in parking lot cleaned up

Posted at 9:54 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 22:22:23-04
UPDATE: The trash was cleaned up Tuesday, within the 24 hours required by state and local regulations.

Republic Services also released a statement regarding the incident. The company said the garbage truck had a mechanical malfunction with its rear door safety latch while serving the apartment complex near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard. The malfunction caused part of the truck's contents to unload on the ground.

"In order to safely transport the truck back to the transfer station for repairs, the truck was not able to transport the contents and had to temporarily leave the material on the ground," Republic Services said in its statement.
Several apartment residents are furious over a mountain of garbage dumped in their parking lot that no one came back to clean up.
A trash pile left in the Vera Johnson Apartments near Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard at noon Monday was more than six feet high.
Residents say the worst part is that it's in the exact spot in the complex where all the children come to play.
"You don't know what people throw in their trash," said Chikita Patton. "Needles, drugs, I don't know! A body part?"
Candace Gordon says she saw the Republic Services garbage workers have a malfunction with their truck. It wouldn't close, and Gordon says they dumped what they had and left.
"We're the customers and we're not satisfied and it's still out here (six hours later)," she said. "How embarrassing?"
Gordon says she went into the leasing office and was told it's being worked on.
We left a message for the Republic Services, but they didn't get back to us.