On Monday, Advanced Disposal said it would cease collection of bulk waste items, including limbs, brush and other biodegradable waste, until further notice during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The company said its employees will not collect any trash/refuse or recycling that is not containerized and placed in the appropriate cart. Loose items outside the cart will not be collected.
The company made the announcement via a release to the municipalities it serves. “At Advanced Disposal, safety is of utmost importance and should not be ranked as it is our lifeblood: the safety of our employees, our customers and the general public wherever we are operating,” the release said. “As the world is adjusting daily to the challenges that COVID-19 is creating for all of us, rest assured we are prepared to continue providing our essential services to you and your residents.
“As a company, we are implementing policies and procedures to ensure that our employees are as safe as possible while performing our services and to keep our customers and the public safe as well.”
The announcement should have minimal to no effect in most municipalities in The Daily Home’s coverage area. Sylacauga Mayor Jim Heigl said his city’s Street Department handles curbside debris pickup, and the only collection services contracted through Advanced Disposal are for garbage and recyclables.
In Lincoln, Mayor Lew Watson said the city has its own services for bulk waste and debris pickup. Childersburg Mayor Ken Wesson said the city doesn’t have a contract with Advanced Disposal and residents won’t be affected by the change. “We do our own trash pickup,” he said. “We do our own limbs and rubbish. We don’t have any outside contracts with anybody. Ours is all in-house with our Street and Sanitation Department.”