It's getting ugly out there--and it's not just the large, black snow piles.
It's been a week since the Department of Sanitation has picked up garbage, hit hard by the post-Christmas blizzard and busy plowing streets (and cars).
But New York City officials are now asking residents to dig out their garbage so trash collection can resume Monday, as mounds of trash have started to accumulate in front of houses, on top of snow piles and on street corners.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty asked Saturday that residents also clear a path through remaining snow banks so collectors can get to the trash.
Residents can also put out their discarded Christmas trees.
No date has been set for recycling collections to resume.
The city says only people who ordinarily get their trash picked up on Monday should put out their pails.
Collections have already resumed at some larger apartment complexes.