In the town of Cinco Ranch, located outside of Houston, residents are upset about a lack of bulk trash pickup. Piles of debris, much of which they claim is left over from Hurricane Harvey, remain sitting on curbs around the town, neglected.
Residents say that bulk trash pickup has been stalled for more than a month, and even some black trash bags aren’t being picked up on the normal weekly schedule.
Meanwhile, the Cinco Residential Property Association claims that removal is actually the responsibility of the homeowner since the debris exists as a result of restoration work.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced in October that he would investigate some debris removal companies for their conduct in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The waste industry in Houston prioritized debris removal in the early aftermath of the hurricane.
KPRC 2 has more on the story:
…In parts of Cinco Ranch, near Katy, there is no more bulk trash pickup. The piles remain, and for many homeowners, they now symbolize neglect.
“We feel like we’ve kinda been forgotten,” Liza Perez and many of her neighbors said.
“The debris that currently exists at Cinco Ranch is the result of ongoing restoration work being done by homeowners,” the Cinco Residential Property Association said in a statement to KPRC. “The removal of that debris is the responsibility of the homeowner, not the association.”
“Understanding the scope of the damage many residents are facing the board has been flexible on enforcing this requirement,” the statement continued. “In the days ahead the board plans on sending out reminders to residents to clean up construction debris.”