A shriveled-up Christmas tree long stripped of its holiday ornaments peeked from the side of a towering snowbank in Dorchester.
Beside it, among a sea of garbage bags with paper plates, pizza boxes, and food cans, gift-wrapping paper — presumably used to cover the presents that sat beneath the tree — lay stuffed in one trash bag.
This cross section of weeks-old refuse on Blue Hill Avenue near Creston Street is a not-uncommon sight these days. Across the city, residents say their trash has not been picked up since a barrage of snowstorms hit the city.
Numerous city services have been crippled by the record-breaking snowfall — 99.9 inches so far this year — and trash collection is one that has Bostonians raising a stink.