Homeowner: Garbage truck causes damage to Albuquerque home

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque homeowner is fed up with the garbage truck that picks up her trash every Friday. She says the truck makes an unnecessary turn, causing damage to her driveway.

Susan Stucker has been living in her home for 13 years, but it wasn’t until recently that she became fed up with seeing the garbage truck making a three-point turn in front of her home every week.

“We park a vehicle here so he can’t do that 3-point turn into our driveway now that we noticed the cracking,” said the home-owner.

Stucker says the truck makes the turn once all the garbage on her street has been collected. Since she and her neighbor are at the end of the route, it has also caused damage to her neighbor’s driveway.

“My neighbor’s driveway has cracked and come apart already there, so he’s filled it in with gravel,” said Stucker.

John Soladay, Director of Solid Waste Management, says his garbage collectors visit about 35,000 residential homes a day. Each collector is properly trained before they are assigned a route.

“Our drivers are taught to be very respectful and careful when it comes to private property,” said Soladay.

However, Stucker says it won’t take much to make her happy.

“The idea is that he goes back into the other street there, the main street, and then backs up, so that he’s not on our driveways,” said Stucker.

Solid Waste Management will take a look at the situation and determine if Stucker’s suggestion is safe, but their main goal is getting the job done efficiently and safely.

“My number one concern right now is to be able to safely collect in the neighborhood.”

There were no damages to the homes on the opposite side of the street. Solid Waste Management hopes to have a solution by the end of the week.

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