Co-Op City trash piles removed amid dispute

June 4, 2010 4:28:33 AM PDT
New Yorker City's Sanitation Department has picked up tons of garbage piled up at the nation's biggest cooperative housing complex as a labor dispute continues.

Sanitation Department spokesman Keith Mellis said Friday that the trash was picked up on the overnight shift after the Health Department declared it a health hazard.

Mellis said nine truck loads removed about 100 tons of garbage from Co-op City. Garbage piles had risen as high as 5 feet.

The crisis began Tuesday after the contract expired between management and unionized garbage collectors, janitors and other building workers.

Almost 60,000 people live in the 320-acre Bronx community. It's been home to prominent figures such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Queen Latifah.