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The Public Works Department is asking city residents to take steps to reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus (COVID-19) to sanitation workers. Also, the department has issued guidance to accommodate an increase in bulk debris volume.
Rick Drazenovich, director of Public Works, said with more people at home due to Virginia’s “Stay at Home” order, residents are generating up to 20 percent more household garbage. Additionally, an increase in bulk debris volume is occurring because many households are trimming trees, undertaking repair projects, and performing spring-cleaning tasks.
“We are committed to ensuring the regular and timely collection of the increased solid waste volume,” Drazenovich said. “We also are committed to the safety of our workers. In the event that the sanitation division equipment operators are unable to report for work due to illness, quarantine, or childcare, Public Works will prioritize household garbage collection over yard waste, debris, recycling and other services.”
The department issued the following guidelines:
The city’s household waste collection utilizes automated collection vehicles and rolling carts. To reduce the risk of infection to our operators, the department is asking that all residents:
BULK DEBRIS/YARD WASTE
Virginia’s “Stay at Home” order remains in effect until June 10 and includes the month of May, which is “Make Danville Shine” month. With the temporary closure of schools, restaurants, recreational, entertainment, gatherings, and non-essential businesses, Public Works realizes that many residents are starting projects and spring cleaning early. To accommodate the increase in bulk debris volume at a time when the department may be experiencing a reduction in staffing due to the virus, the following guidelines will be in effect: