It’s a service that, once restored, means things are getting back to normal. Much like electricity for your home or fuel in your car, most New Jersey residents may take their regular garbage and recycling collection or debris removal for granted. But following a severe storm or hurricane, these services are essential to local recovery.
“Following a powerful hurricane strike, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the return of its most vital services,” said John Wohlrab, government relations director for Waste Management of New Jersey. “That’s why we spend a lot of time prior to the start of hurricane season reviewing local storm plans, re-establishing contact with local emergency authorities, and inspecting and restocking hurricane preparedness equipment and supplies.”
Waste Management puts its local response plan into action as soon as a storm becomes a verified threat to the area.”
After a storm, Waste
Management works to re-start waste and recycling collection and operations as
soon as possible on streets that are passable. Reminders to separate household
garbage from storm debris are distributed. The company expands its routes to
additional areas as more streets become safe to navigate
and clear of debris and other impediments.
If a hurricane directly impacts your area, there’s one way you can make a difference. Simply remember to put household garbage such as food refuse and diapers – everything you ordinarily throw away – into containers or bags. Then place them at the curb separate from large storm debris like large household debris, trees and limbs. By carefully separating your household garbage, you help your street get picked up more quickly and safely.
In preparation for hurricane season in New Jersey, property owners can add the Bagster® Dumpster in a Bag® to their emergency supplies as a solution to removing and disposing of debris quickly and safely following a storm. Bagster bags are strong enough to hold 3,300 pounds of severe storm and tornado debris items, such as tree stumps, large tree limbs, roofing shingles, full sheets of plywood or gypsum wallboard. For more information on filling guidelines for the Bagster bag and availability in your area, visit www.thebagster.com.
More tips for hurricane preparedness are available on www.ready.gov.
Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste services in North America, providing collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services to municipalities, homeowners and commercial customers.