The Refuse and Recycling team would like to thank the many residents who have been reaching out and calling in with questions about some changes that they have noticed in the way trash and recycling are being collected.
The best word to describe the way things have been “hectic”. Since March, the impact of COVID-19 has not escaped trash and recycling. Due to COVID restrictions, many people are working from home. This has caused a 40% increase in the volume of trash set out at the curb and over 100% increase in the amount of yard waste.
In spite of numerous advisories, excess volumes of trash and recycling are still being set out at the curb for collection. To give you an idea - between April and June, bulk waste collection was suspended throughout most of Northern Virginia. During that time, more than 50 tons of material was set out in just in the City of Manassas. Fortunately, we were able to contract a private hauler to help remove the materials and keep our streets safe and clean.
As collection crews work, they come into contact with materials and other people shedding the virus. In July, 30% of the collection crew was affected by COVID either through direct infection or quarantined due to infections of family and co-workers. Our contractor has been drawing in crews and senior managers to help with collections and running smaller crews to ensure that services within the City are not disrupted - and at no additional cost.
For these reasons, there have been earlier starts, longer collection days, and adjustments in services such as bulk waste collections and yard waste.
We appreciate your patience during this challenging time and look forward to a return to normal life - and a normal service schedule as soon as it is feasible. In the meantime, please call to schedule anything that does not fit into your trash container, keep your yard waste set-out to no more than 10 yard waste bags, and call the Trashline on (703) 257-8252 if you have any questions or concerns.