(Cleveland) - Trash collecting in a number of communities is starting to get back to normal. Brian Rayl of Republic Services says temporary replacement workers are continuing trash collection in northeast Ohio for residential, commercial and industrial customers through the weekend because of an ongoing sympathy strike by Local Teamsters.

Rayl tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 the actual strike is in Youngstown where Teamsters at a landfill have been working without a contract. Sympathy strikes spread to the Cleveland and Elyria area on Monday, causing trash to pile up.

Rayl says while Teamster leadership has not announced any specific reason why picket lines have been established, he believes the primary issue involves negotiations for Republic to exit from the failing Central States Pension Fund.

Cleveland and Elyria workers are not on strike but have refused to cross the picket line.

Rayl contends trash collection nearly caught up and running on a regular schedule for residents in Eastlake, Willoughby Hills, Wickliffe, Macedonia, Sagamore Hills and Mentor-on-the-Lake. Recycling collection will begin as soon as possible in those areas.

Today, he says the company will continue to catch up on delayed pick-ups for municipal residents in the following areas: North Olmstead, Brunswick, Strongsville, Berea, Fairview Park, Parma Heights, Vermilion, and Parma.

Rayl says collection for residential, commercial and industrial customers will continue into the weekend, and resident should keep their trash and recyclables out until they are collected.

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