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    Take Extra Steps to Help Safeguard Refuse Collectors During Pandemic

    Lynchburg residents are being asked to take just a few extra steps to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of their refuse collectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
    “We would like to remind residents to please have their cart at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the day of collection. This has always been the guideline,” said Public Works Director, Gaynelle Hart.  “With so many people staying home, our workload has increased, and we are trying to provide the best service we can under the circumstances.” 
    The Public Works Department is also reminding customers to please be sure to bag trash before placing it inside the carts and then to firmly close the lids. This will lessen the chance of refuse collectors being exposed to contagions as well as reduce the opportunities for trash to spill or be blown into the street.
    Other tips include: spacing carts apart from each other and away from other objects like mailboxes, vehicles or trees so they are easily reached; placing the handle of the cart toward the street to make it easier for the refuse collectors to roll it onto the lift of the truck; remembering that household hazardous waste, medical waste, human waste, paints, liquids, batteries and electronics are NOT ACCEPTED with normal trash collection.
    “We appreciate the cooperation of our customers, and thank them for their compliance,” said Hart.