Garbage, Debris and How We Are Trashed

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Waste Management says today it’s working to get its trucks out to neighborhoods in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Jefferson, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Walker, Wharton and Victoria counties.

According to Lisa Doughty, spokesperson for Waste Management, “We will restart curbside garbage and trash collection immediately on the streets that are passable. We will expand our routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other hazards.”

But you have to be sure you put out the right stuff to be collected, it turnes out.

Enormous volumes of household garbage resulting from this major storm must be disposed of safely and efficiently, Doughty says.

Residents need to be informed of the distinction between the household garbage that Waste Management will collect and storm-related debris, which is being collected by FEMA or other contractors.

Says Doughty:

“Waste Management is collecting household garbage, such as food refuse, diapers, newspapers and other waste produced during the week, according to the agreements with the parishes and municipalities we serve. Waste Management is not collecting storm debris, which includes rugs, furniture, sheet rock, wood fencing, tree limbs, bags of clothing, refrigerators, household appliances and roofing materials. Counties, cities and municipalities are coordinating the collection of storm debris independently from Waste Management with other contractors, such as those contracted through FEMA."

All WM operations will resume Monday with the exception of Southeast Houston and Beaumont areas, which were among the areas hardest hit areas.

According to Doughty:”Many of our employees have evacuated and are unable to return to work. The company is bringing in workers from other parts of the country to assist in getting our operations back to full force. We will resume service in these areas as soon as possible.”

“In all areas, priority customers, like hospitals, will be served first. Please be patient as road conditions and downed power lines in some areas may impact our ability to safely serve all customers. If you do not get your regularly scheduled service, we will be working hard to get to you by later in the week. Your patience is appreciated.”

Operating hours for the following landfills is from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.:

Atascocita Addicks Fairbanks Baytown Cougar Coastal Plains Conroe 7 (Opens Tuesday) Greenshadows Hawthorne Park Newton County Security

Guidance on How to Separate Your Garbage from Your Debris

“Waste Management strongly recommends that all residential customers separate their household garbage, such as food, diapers and regular household waste, from debris created by the storms and their aftermath. We ask that customers bag their household garbage and place it at the curb. Storm debris, including refrigerators, household appliances, bags of clothing, tree limbs, carpet and carpet padding, and wood fencing, should be placed in a separate pile or piles. Separating household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely, helping prevent foul odors and safety hazards that would be created by mixing your household garbage with storm debris. The separation is also necessary to allow Waste Management to collect household waste and to permit others to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by counties and municipalities with contractors independent from Waste Management.”

-- Margaret Downing

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