The amount of trash is estimated at 22 million tons in the city alone and officials say the unprecedented accumulation will take months, if not years to clear. The amount is a tenth of the waste produced annually by U.S. municipalities but this rancid rubble needs to be picked up and deposited all at once.Big job. See the photos. Those are two of about ten or eleven piles near the West End.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the project for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been working at the problem for more than a month. Crews are picking up 70,000 cubic yards of debris per day, and more workers are showing up every day.