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Waste Pro seeks to hire more drivers as Port St. Lucie leaders consider new trash ordinance

Ordinance would limit amount of trash residents can leave out for collection
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Posted at 6:27 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-07 00:02:13-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Waste Pro staff shortage is causing a stink in Port St. Lucie.

The company is hoping to hire more helpers, drivers and mechanics to address long-standing garbage.

"There's a lot of opportunities, and we're seeking to, for job seekers," said Victor Melendez at CareerSource Research Coast.

City leaders Monday will consider adopting an ordinance that would limit the amount of trash residents can leave out for collection.

"Waste Pro does collect construction debris, but this puts a limit on that of 2 cubic yards, which is essentially the size of a large refrigerator box if you can picture a large refrigerator," said Carmen Capezzuto, neighborhood services director in Port St. Lucie.

So far in 2021, the city has received more than 7,000 trash complaints from residents.

"When they come upon a large heaping pile of construction debris, there's no telling how long that's going to take and it causes delays down the line, as you can imagine," said Capezzuto.

Waste Pro held a job fair Friday, offering incentives for new employees.

"CDL driver, it's a $3,000 retention bonus," said Melendez. "For the mechanics, they have up to a $5,000 retention bonus for those."

If an applicant does not currently have a CDL license but wants to become a driver, he or she can apply as a helper until the special license is obtained.