Answers to Your Consultation Questions
We would like to see composting of food waste.
The City of Manassas is currently working with Compost Crew on curbside collection of organic materials. A pilot project in the Wellington Community started on February 8, 2021. If successful, the program will be made available to City residents in July of 2021.
Can we choose the size of the City trash or recycling container we use?
Of course! There are currently three sizes of trash and four sizes of recycling containers available to residents. Please visit our Request/Replace Carts page to make your selection.
Why is the City contractor using automated trucks for collections?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trash and recycling collection is the fifth most dangerous occupation in the United States. While the number of jobs within the solid waste industry is growing, the number of applications for those jobs is not. For the past five years, solid waste haulers within our region have faced a steady decline in applications. This has prompted several innovations in solid waste technology. The new, fully-automated collection trucks compensate for the lack of crew members by allowing one person to drive and operate the vehicle.
In addition, the dangers of COVID-19 infection among solid waste workers still remain high. On any “normal” day, solid waste workers are exposed to a wide variety of potentially noxious and infectious materials in the trash and recycling that they handle. As essential workers, crews are coming into contact with COVID infected materials during manual collection. The best protection is the use of automated or semi-automated collection vehicles to reduce human contact with other crew members and with the materials that they are collecting.
The City is working with our contractor to make sure that truck operators clean any spills with a view toward ensuring their safety and keeping our streets safe and clean.
Why can't the City partner with more companies for recyclable materials?