Open the Terminal in the Utilities folder and paste the following command line at the prompt:
rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
See if this works. If it does not then visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on resolving Trash problems.
The Utilitis/terminal suggestion did not work. However, going to the XLab FAQ page did. I used the, "Force the Trash to empty using the Option key", suggestion which did the job completely. Is there any follow up to this action that I should do to assure that the troublesome folders are not lurking somewhere to come back as a problem?