Mountain communities’ transfer stations affected by driver shortfalls

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Household trash fills the Anza Transfer Station’s bins beyond capacity. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Mountains of garbage, overflowing dumpsters and rolloffs and short tempers have almost been the norm at the Anza, Idyllwild and Pinyon Flats transfer stations in recent weeks. Residents have been perplexed as to why trash is accumulating and not being removed in a timely manner. Many residents complained loudly on social media and others have reportedly been seen verbally abusing staff at the dump sites. On-site staff have no control on the trucking schedule that empties dumpsters and replaces full rolloffs with empty ones. Run by CR&R and the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources, the dumps are designed to take household and residential refuse. And like many other businesses, CR&R said it is having a difficult time recruiting drivers for their trucks. Accordin
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