Weather Alert - Mississippi

Septemeber 4, 2018 - Mississippi

WASTE MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES COLLECTION SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO TROPICAL STORM GORDON

T.S. Gordon will impact regular residential trash collection schedules along MS Gulf Coast

After discussions with authorities in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties, Waste Management is suspending all regular residential collection services for Wednesday, Sept. 5, due to the severe weather-related conditions anticipated with Tropical Storm Gordon.

 Following is a summary of the areas where garbage and recycling services will be affected:

  • Unincorporated areas of Hancock County
  • City of Bay St. Louis
  • City of Waveland
  • City of Diamondhead
  • Unincorporated areas of Harrison County
  • City of Pass Christian
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Biloxi
  • City of D’Iberville

 Following is a summary of the areas where garbage services will be affected:

  • City of Wiggins
  • Town of Leakesville
  • City of Poplarville

 Following is a summary of the areas where garbage, recycling and bulk waste services will be affected:

  • Unincorporated areas of Jackson County
  • City of Moss Point

 Weather and roads permitting, Waste Management will resume residential service for the above, on Thursday, Sept. 6 and will move all service days back by one day. In this instance, Wednesday residential customers will be serviced on Thursday, Thursday residential customers will be serviced on Friday and Friday residential customers will be serviced on Saturday, until all collection services are back on track and normal service resumes next Monday, Sept. 10.

 Waste Management will service all valued commercial and roll-off customers on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Customers may experience delay in time of service as weather and road conditions dictate.

“Due to the forecasted impact of this weather event, Waste Management will suspend all regular residential collection Wednesday, Sept. 5. Our plan is to resume residential collection services Thursday, Sept. 6, weather and road conditions permitting. We appreciate the guidance of local authorities as well as the cooperation and patience of our valued customers. We do encourage all Mississippi Gulf Coast residents to use extreme caution during this severe weather event,” said Senior District Manager Michael Yarbrough.

In order to keep the public safe as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches and enable our drivers to restart essential services as soon as the storm passes, Waste Management offers the following tips to all its residential and business customers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast:

BEFORE THE STORM:

  • Secure all garbage and recycling containers. Place containers in a secure location away from open spaces.
  • Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities.
  • Bundle and tie down all loose trash such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles. Place these materials in a location where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and vehicles in high winds.

AFTER THE STORM:

  • If Tropical Storm Gordon does directly impact your area, you must separate normal household garbage such as food, diapers and regular household waste from storm debris caused by high winds and rain. Storm debris including tree limbs, carpet, aluminum and wood fencing, and household appliances should be placed curbside in a separate pile.
  • Separate household chemicals from household waste and storm debris. Examples include: electronics, batteries, computer hardware, paint, cleaning products, solvents and lawn and garden products.
  • Separating normal household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely. The separation is also necessary because other firms independent from Waste Management may be authorized to collect your storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local
    authorities.
  • When placing these wastes at curbside for pickup, keep each group separated from the other. Where possible, residents should mark containers clearly before placing them out for disposal.
  • Waste Management will restart curbside garbage collection of normal household waste as soon as local authorities deem it safe for our trucks to be on the road. Waste Management uses various social media tools to assure that 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/alerts 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.