Eight months ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, bringing more than 50 inches of rain to the area. This natural disaster brought residents, city officials and waste and recycling industry professionals together to clean up the waste and debris. And while a large portion of the cleanup was handled via additional garbage trucks and staff, the city is still struggling to keep up with the cleanup.
The city is currently down to only 600 trucks, but the mayor is pushing for a more than $40 million budget to purchase a new fleet of trucks, which could be approved this week.
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Houston City Councilmember Dwight Boykins traded in his suit for some dirty jeans and gloves.
The reason could be seen on the curbs of many homes in his district in southwest Houston on Tuesday.
"We were receiving calls from residents throughout the entire city about heavy trash being overlooked," Boykins said.