City investigating rogue snow plow driver in St. Paul who bulldozed trash and recycling bins

St. Paul residents say a snow plow driver went rogue and bulldozed several trash bins and recycling carts on Friday, sending the containers flying into yards and other neighbor’s driveways, and spewing trash and recycling everywhere.

One such incident was captured in a YouTube video, and several residents talked about it on the Como Neighbors – Blunt Truth Facebook page.

“The snow plows pushed (four) damaged trash carts into my driveway but none of them are mine. Mine was found a block away,” one man wrote on the page.

Residents posted pictures showing overturned bins and trash strewn throughout the snow.

City Council President Amy Brendmoen, whose Ward 5 includes much of the Como Park neighborhood, also posted on the page about the incident. She thanked residents for bringing it to her attention and said the behavior was “completely outrageous and unacceptable.”

From her post, it appeared that the snow plow driver knocked over bins on Idaho, California and Montana streets in the city.

In a statement released Sunday night, the city acknowledged the incident saying it was “aware that several city garbage and recycling carts were knocked over and damaged during the Snow Emergency plowing operations on Friday … We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our residents. We take the residents’ complaints and concerns about this issue very seriously. We are working with our staff to initiate a formal investigation, review all data and take the appropriate actions.”

Sean Kershaw, director of St. Paul Public works said in the statement, “I share residents’ frustration and anger about what happened. We will be working with our staff and immediately investigating this situation.”Related Articles

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