Shortage of trash truck drivers in Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Trash pickup, an important service to Mesa County residents has seen a decline post-pandemic.

According to the Associated Press, cities around the country are dealing with a shortage of workers to toss trash into trucks.

That shortage has migrated to the Western Slope and has some worried.

Lisa Mullen, one of the owners at Rocky Mountain Sanitation says, “we have difficulty when we do get applicants trying to get them to come in for interviews, it’s disheartening for us right now.”

In order to stay competitive and hire qualified applicants in Mesa County, Rocky Mountain Sanitation has increased its pay to keep employees around.

Mullen added, “we’ve had to bump our wages up twice just to try and say competitive and try and entice people to apply for jobs and keep employees currently engaged as well.”

Mullen is happy about the employees who worked through the pandemic, “we’re so grateful for the ones that you know stuck it out and were out there working very hard in some very bad situations.”

Mullen also says extra unemployment insurance could be affecting businesses’ opportunity to hire post-pandemic.

She’s most worried about, “just being so shorthanded that we’re not able to take care of our  customers that’s a concern.”

For more information on Rocky Mountain Sanitation, visit https://rockymountainsanitation.com/.

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