LAFAYETTE, La. – AUG. 29, 2012 – Following discussions with parish and municipal officials, Waste Management of Acadiana will suspend all collection and transfer services in southwest LA Wednesday, August 29, in advance of the expected severe weather.
Collection and transfer services are scheduled to resume Thursday, Aug. 30, weather and road conditions permitting.
"Waste Management implemented its hurricane response plan as soon as this storm became a threat to the area. We are in frequent communication with local officials and have informed them of our plans to stop collection and disposal services in advance of the storm, as a safety precaution. We will begin the work of directing WM employees and their families to appropriate storm preparations and implement the task of staging our trucks and equipment for safe keeping as the storm passes through. This will allow us to move quickly to restore collection services as soon as weather and roads safely permit, after the storm passes," said Jack Quinn, district manager, WM Acadiana.
Since all of the Louisiana Coast is under either a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning, the company encourages all residents and businesses to secure their garbage cans and other trash containers in a safe location. Residents should stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities, and should not begin construction projects that produce debris. In addition, all loose trash, such as shrub and tree clippings, should be placed in a location where the debris cannot become hazards to homes and automobiles in high winds.
Waste Management will restart collection and transfer services as soon as weather permits safe operations, and will notify all concerned. When service resumes, WM expects to run normal routes and schedules. However, some streets and other areas may not be safe for operations due to residual storm effects. Waste Management will resume service in those particular areas as soon as the roads are deemed safe for operation.
As part of its hurricane planning and pre-storm preparation, Waste Management puts its hurricane response plan into action as soon as a storm becomes a verified threat to the area. Local Waste Management staffs review their local plans, re-establish contact with local emergency authorities, and inspect and re-stock their hurricane preparedness equipment and supplies. These extended efforts ensure that WM employees are able to return to performing their very essential collection jobs in Acadiana as soon as practical following a storm.
New for 2012 from Waste Management is the use of various social media tools to assure that local residents can find up-to-date information in the event of service disruptions resulting from challenging post-storm conditions. Once a storm strikes and is severe enough to warrant community updates, turn to www.wm.com for timely information about service. You can also find community information from Waste Management at www.facebook.com/wastemanagement or follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com/wastemanagement
CONSUMER INFORMATION – SEPARATING HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE AND STORM DEBRIS
As families return to the areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaac, Waste Management strongly recommends that all residential customers separate their household garbage, such as food, diapers and regular household waste, from debris created by the storm and its aftermath.
Storm debris, including refrigerators, household appliances, tree limbs, carpet and carpet padding, and wood fencing, should be placed in a separate pile or piles from your household garbage. This will allow storm cleanup contractors to identify and collect that storm debris.