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As everyone knows by now, the Republic Services strike has come to an end, and most waste services have resumed. However, many questions remain unanswered for property owners, especially those who incurred significant costs to hire private haulers. SCRHA continues to be in contact with Republic Services and will share important updates.

In the interim, SCRHA strongly encourages members to hang on to receipts and any other paperwork related to out-of-pocket costs during the strike. As reported in the news, Republic Services says it will be handling refunds on a case-by-case basis. SCRHA is concerned that credits won’t be issued to all customers, and is particularly worried that housing providers who spent considerable dollars to keep the trash at their property manageable won’t be compensated for taking the necessary steps to protect health and safety for renters.

SCRHA is also asking that housing providers impacted directly by the strike (those with contracts with Republic Services) share their experience with us, so we may adequately portray the impacts the month-long strike had on you, your property, and your residents.

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Update from the City of Chula Vista: Chula Vista Multi-Family Units Can Report Overflowing Trash

Effective today, January 18, the City of Chula Vista is providing a telephone number and email address for multi-family locations to report overflowing trash. This is directed only to multi-family units such as apartments and condominiums in the City of Chula Vista who are experiencing an overflow of trash around their dumpsters.

Property managers are to provide their name, telephone number and the location address by calling (619) 409-5977 or emailing trashservices@chulavistaca.gov. City staff or contractors will be dispatched to assist in clean up of the area as soon as possible.

Following the City Council ratification on January 15 of the City Manager’s Local Emergency Declaration on January 12, city crews have been working hard to address accumulation of trash in multi-family complexes, which have been disproportionately impacted by the work stoppage. As of January 15, City crews have picked up over 100,000 pounds of trash and serviced over 200 multi-family units.

“We appreciate our City employees from Public Works, Environmental Services and Park Rangers who have gone above and beyond to help keep our City clean since the Local Emergency was declared. Their efforts will continue through the end of the week to streamline Republic Services’ return to normal operations,” said City Manager Maria V. Kachadoorian.

To report trash overflow at residential or commercial properties, please call Republic Services at (619) 421-9400.


Update for SCRHA Members from Republic Services - January 18, 2021

Republic Services is pleased to announce that an agreement for a new contract has been reached with the union representing San Diego and Chula Vista employees, and the work stoppage has ended.

All routes, including residential, commercial, and multi-family, will be in operation as of Tuesday, January 18. 

  • Residential customers: On your regular scheduled day, please put out the trash (black), recycling (blue), and yard waste (green) carts. 
  • Commercial and multi-family customers: Carts and containers will be serviced on your regular service day.

Republic Services understands there may be areas needing additional cleanup services. To support a timely and efficient pickup for those impacted areas, they will continue to prioritize trash recovery over the next few weeks with additional crews.

Republic Services thanks its customers for patience and understanding during this challenging time.


Update from January 14, 2021

Republic Services recently contacted the Southern California Rental Housing Association (SCRHA) regarding the strike and impacts on trash service. They acknowledge that the work stoppage by Teamsters 542 has resulted in disruption to normal collections, and they appreciate the patience and understanding of rental housing customers. They state they are doing everything possible with their Blue Crew and Emergency Operations Plan to resume regular service.

Republic Services reports that trash, recycling, and yard waste collection is moving back up to speed in the City of Chula Vista this week, with additional drivers running routes in the City of San Diego and County areas as well.

Republic Services has promised to keep SCRHA apprised of any new developments in the overall situation, and SCRHA will continue to provide updates as they are received. Please refer to the links below for more information.