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COVID effect: Residential trash pickup increases 50%, as people appear to be spring cleaning

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Appliance pickup soars from 50 on average to 157 last week, Waste Pro reports.
by: Guest Writer

Press release posted on the Flagler County Government Facebook page

Waste Pro, unincorporated Flagler County’s solid-waste contractor, has seen an approximate 50% increase in the volume of residential trash and yard waste. Appliance pick up has especially grown, from a typical 50 appliances collected per week in Flagler County, to the most recent tally of 157.

“It’s being reported all across the country that the volume of residential trash has spiked,” said Flagler County General Services Director, Heidi Petito. "While people are staying ‘Safer at Home’ they’ve had more time to spring clean, they have stimulus checks for appliances and projects, and I think we’re all generating more trash from frequent disinfecting. Waste Pro has been doing an exceptional job keeping pace with the demand.”

In spite of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, household trash collection has continued without interruption. For unincorporated areas of Flagler County, that means regular trash is collected twice weekly. Green yard waste is picked up once each week, as are recyclables. Collection of large household items, like appliances or furniture, are scheduled by calling the office.

Collections will take place Memorial Day week on the regular schedule, including pick up on Memorial Day for unincorporated households with Monday as a regular collection day.

Waste Pro has instructed staff to adopt protocols which — in an abundance of caution — assume that all surfaces could be contaminated by COVID-19, including waste, cart handles, trucks, and door handles. Collection personnel are maintaining social distance of six feet, wearing gloves and washing and sanitizing their hands often to minimize risk.

“Our office in Bunnell has been working diligently to keep our crews safe and healthy,” said Misty Schneider, Government Affairs Manager of the Northeast Florida Division of Waste Pro. "They’re our unsung ‘essential’ heroes. We very much appreciate the community’s support as we forge our way through these new challenges.”

Waste Pro is located at 401 S. Bay St. in Bunnell. The office phone number is 386-586-0800.

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