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City to decide whether adjustments necessary for garbage, brush and bulk collection next week

Post Date:04/17/2020 6:27 PM

April 17, 2020

 

CITY TO DECIDE WHETHER

STAFF ADJUSTMENTS NECESSARY

FOR GARBAGE, BRUSH AND BULK

COLLECTION NEXT WEEK

 

BLOOMINGTON – The City plans to decide next week whether refuse collection staff adjustments are necessary to continue providing critical garbage collection services in the face of higher-than average volumes while protecting the men and women that continue to provide this all-important service to the community.

Essential refuse collection services are still being provided during the current pandemic and stay at home order as they are important to the general health and welfare of the community. Garbage and recycling collection remain on schedule and the Citizen’s Convenience Center was reopened to accommodate what has been a greater volume of trash, recyclables, brush and bulk materials generated with warmer weather and more people being home completing projects.

Brush and bulk pickup are running behind because of this increased volume and limits placed on the number of crews to protect the city’s workforce. The appropriate parties will be reviewing current scheduling to determine whether additional crews might be added to weekly to facilitate the increase in volume and, most importantly, whether it can be done safely. This conversation is happening now as the stay-at-home order continues and the possibility for families being at home longer becomes possible with Governor Pritzker’s order to extend school closures being announced today.

As most people know by now, COVID-19 virus is an incredibly infectious illness that spreads easily and critical to collection efforts in the early weeks has been scheduling crews on alternating schedules. This has been important both to protect individual city workers who are out providing collection but also to reducing the likelihood of contamination of the entire workforce and jeopardizing our ability to provide collection to a community of more than 76,000 residents.

“We are still in the initial stage of this pandemic locally,” said City Manager Tim Gleason. “We have to carefully consider whether bringing larger numbers of the workforce back at once to accommodate the large increase in volume at this point is the best course of action in working to balance the immediate and long-term interest of the community.”

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