Posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM
SLIDELL, LA (WWLTV.com) – At the request of St. Tammany Parish officials, Waste Management will suspend all residential operations in the parish on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 29. Waste Management will notify the public immediately as residential collection schedules resume following Tropical Storm Isaac.
“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 will adhere to the parish’s guidelines and suspend our residential operations on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will begin the work of directing WM employees and their families to appropriate hurricane 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 upon notification by St. Tammany Parish and as soon as weather and road conditions permit,” said Joni Savoye, district manager for Waste Management in the metro New Orleans area.
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 bundled, tied down and placed in a location where the debris cannot become hazards to homes and automobiles in high winds.
Waste Management will restart residential garbage and trash collection once St. Tammany Parish allows the service to begin. 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. All this and more is to ensure that employees are able to return to performing their very essential collection jobs in the community 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