Coronavirus Update – Please Bag Your Garbage

In response to the continuing effects of the Coronavirus and in observance of our employee’s safety, we are asking that all waste be placed in plastic bags and tied off to avoid any direct contact with the garbage.

Trash collection services will continue as normal, but we are experiencing an increase in the amount of residential solid waste as a result of residents spending more time at home. Please be patient as we are doing our best to get everyone collected.

Green waste collection will continue; however we anticipate delays in service. By taking the following steps, residents can help minimize these delays:

  • Mulch leaves and grass clippings instead of bagging them for disposal.
  • Limit the amount of pruning and tree trimming to only what is essential.
  • If utilizing a landscaping company, ensure all green waste is collected and hauled off by the contractor.

Please continue to place your recycling loose in your container. However, if anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of any transmissible illness, please place recyclables in plastic bags and dispose of with your regular garbage.

Please Pick Up After Your Pets

We all know that we should be picking up after our pets, yet research has shown that only 60% of pet owners actually do so. Obviously, pet waste is smelly, unsightly, and no one wants to ruin their shoes by stepping in it, but leaving pet waste behind can also lead to serious environmental and health concerns.

Rainwater washes unfiltered pet waste into storm drains and creeks, from which it is directly deposited into local rivers and lakes, that ultimately drain into oceans.As it decomposes, pet waste uses up large amounts of oxygen in the water, which deprives marine life of oxygen needed for their survival. In many cases, this lack of oxygen can prove fatal. In addition, when pet waste is broken down, its by-products encourage weed and algae growth, which also can be detrimental to aquatic species.

One gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which can be harmful to human health if not disposed of appropriately. Improper disposal of pet waste can cause many common diseases such as Campylobacteriosis, Crytosporidium, Toxicariasis, Toxoplasmosis, and Salmonellosis. In addition, dog waste can contain parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardiasis. Dog waste is also a major food source for rats.

The best way to deal with pet waste is to collect it and flush it down your toilet so that it undergoes the same sanitary treatment as human waste from your home. The next best option is to collect the waste and dispose of it in biodegradable bags along with your other garbage. If no biodegradable bags are available, collect it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the same manner.

Pet waste should not be dumped into storm sewers, as that only hastens its trip to the waterways and oceans without receiving any sanitary treatment. It takes chemicals or extreme heat to kill the bacteria and parasites found in dog waste. Therefore, it should never be used in compost piles or for fertilizer on gardens.

Please heed this advice. You will leave everyone a safer and more beautiful community by just following these few easy steps.