Waste Management implemented its hurricane response plan as soon as we learned both Tropical Storm activity became a potential threat to the area. We are in continuous communication with local officials and have informed them of our plans as Hurricane Laura approaches landfall.
The company encourages all residents and businesses to secure their garbage cans and other trash containers in a safe location. In addition, all loose trash, such as tree limbs, should be bundled, tied down and placed in a location where the debris cannot become hazards to homes and automobiles in the event of high winds.
In the event we need to suspend service due to the hurricane, Waste Management will restart curbside garbage and trash collection as soon as possible on the streets that are passable. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments. As a reminder, please follow the guidelines below should your area be directly impacted by the hurricane.
CONSUMER INFORMATION – SEPARATING HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND STORM DEBRIS
As families return to the areas affected by either of these storms, 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/parishes and municipalities with contractors independent from Waste Management.
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