GLAD YOU ASKED: Use common sense with garbage on windy daysQ. Everywhere I went Wednesday and Thursday in Mitchell, I saw garbage cans blown over with garbage strewn onto the street. What are we supposed to do when our garbage day falls on such a windy day? Does the city have any advice?
Q. Everywhere I went Wednesday and Thursday in Mitchell, I saw garbage cans blown over with garbage strewn onto the street. What are we supposed to do when our garbage day falls on such a windy day? Does the city have any advice?
A. Ron Olson, the city’s street, sanitation and landfill superintendent, offered this response via email: “Garbage collection and disposal is tough when winds get in excess of 40 mph.
“The garbage crew is instructed that they need to get out of the truck and right the garbage container and pick up the bagged garbage. If the customer has placed garbage in the container loose (not bagged) and the container has tipped, it is usually blown over the neighborhood before we get to the container to empty it. We urge our customers to be good neighbors and not place loose garbage into the container to prevent blown garbage on a windy day.
“Occasionally, an additional person is sent with the automated garbage truck to assist the operator in righting containers when conditions like these happen. The alley collection crew also encounters the same problems, and it is handled the same way.
“We also recommend to customers that if they can hold the garbage for another week to just hold back on setting the container out for that day.”
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