Marseille: to face the strike of garbage collectors, residents rent, at their expense, a dumpster

Marseille: to face the strike of garbage collectors, residents rent, at their expense, a dumpster

For a week, their waste has not been collected. To remedy this, residents of the districts affected by the strike of garbage collectors in Marseille decided to rent, at their expense, a dumpster.

Garbage collectors collecting household garbage (photo illustration).  (MAXPPP)

Residents of the northern districts of Marseille rented, Thursday, December 24, a dumpster to deal with the strike of garbage collectors which has affected the 2nd, 15th and 16 districts for a week, reports Friday, December 25 France Bleu Provence.

The union council of the Mediterranean condominium, in the 15th arrondissement, called on a private company to rent a dumpster. For three hours, a dozen residents came to volunteer to load hundreds of kilos of garbage. The cost of the operation is the responsibility of the owners.

“We took shovels, brooms, gloves, masks and we got down to work to put everything in the dumpster”, explained to France Bleu Provence Laurent, owner for eight years of an apartment in the residence. “The problem is that we pay property and company taxes”, recalls Kamel, another owner. He talks about the cost, “Normally taken into account by the city. Everything is paid for. So I don’t understand why we still have to take money out of our pocket at Christmas time ”.

The Metropolis announces that it has contacted the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône

The striking garbage collectors of the Polyceo company, a subsidiary of the Derichebourg group, are asking for the transfer of the local manager of the Marseille site and his deputy, whom they accuse of “Rule by fear”.

More than 550 tons of waste were not collected in the districts concerned, according to the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis.

“In order to guarantee public health in the streets of the city”, the Metropolis indicated Wednesday to have “Seized the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône in order to requisition the Derichebourg company which is failing in its contractual obligations. The Marseillais do not have to be held hostage in this situation ”.