SAN DIEGO -- Residents in one San Diego neighborhood are accusing trash pick up workers of breaking their trashcans and leaving them with a costly bill to replace it.
“They just left it on the street,” said Judith Lane, who was shocked on trash day when she walked out of her home on Gibson Street and saw her obliterated trash bin. Lane wasn’t the only victim.
Two of her neighbor’s trashcans were also broken during trash pick up day.
“[The garbage truck] squeezed it really hard and it just broke it,” said Serenity Medina who lives next door to Lane.
City of San Diego environmental services spokesman Jose Ysea said there's a reason for the rise in complaints.
“We’re starting to see a lot more of these calls about the trash cans breaking,” said Ysea. “With normal wear and tear these cans should last 10 years.”
According to Ysea, most of the city owned trashcans were given out to residents in 1994 and are well past their life expectancy. A cost saving measure in 2008 put the cost of replacing the trash bins on the taxpayer, said Ysea.
Some residents argue if the city broke it, they should fix it.
“I didn’t break it, why should I pay for it?” said Lane.
At $95 a bin, Medina and her family said they had no option but to replace her family’s only trashcan.
FOX 5 discovered some residents can qualify for a refund if their trashcans are broken, as long as the bin is 10 years or newer.
To submit a claim about a broken trash can, residents can call the city at 858-694-7000.