About 60,000 New Yorkers living in the nation's largest cooperative housing complex are carrying out their own trash - more than 40 tons of it daily - on the third day of a labor dispute.

Building workers at Co-op City in the Bronx are picketing the massive high-rise community, saying management is not offering them adequate health care.

Heaps of garbage wrapped in plastic bags was piled near the buildings Thursday.

Residents must bring it downstairs instead of using the trash chutes that lead to now-locked compactor units.

General manager Vernon Cooper said the 500 unionized Co-op City workers walked out of negotiations and are on strike.

The union says it's a lockout.

About 200 management employees are running the buildings.