With Hurricane season comes a sense of urgency to prepare, prepare, prepare!
When it comes to storm preparation, there’s one thing to always keep in mind that’s easy to overlook – what to do with your trash and recycling. Well, to make the prep work a little easier, we’ve put together these handy tips to help get you and your community ready in case a storm ever impacts your area.
BEFORE THE STORM
Before a hurricane, one of the most important things you can do for your home is to secure all loose items in case there are high winds. That means:
• Stopping all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities when there is a named storm with a predicted landfall.
• Bundling and tying down all loose items, such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles. It’s important to place these materials where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and automobiles.
• Securing trash and recycling containers, and placing empty containers in a secure location that’s away from open spaces where winds are more likely to have an effect.
Keep in mind that Waste Management will continue to collect household trash and recycling materials according to designated schedules until a hurricane warning is issued for the area.
AFTER THE STORM
Once a storm has passed, there are a number of things you can do to ensure the smooth resumption of trash and recycling collection services.
• Be sure to separate regular household waste from storm debris. Everyday items, like food, recyclables and other household waste, should be treated as you normally would, while storm debris, including tree limbs, soiled carpeting, damaged fencing and appliances, should be placed curbside in separate piles.
• Separating properly will allow Waste Management to collect household garbage more quickly and safely, and help prevent odors and other safety hazards from impacting your surrounding area. Separation is also necessary to allow other firms to collect storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local municipalities, counties or FEMA.
• Waste Management will restart curbside trash and recycling collection of normal household waste as soon as it is safe to do so.
• Check for the latest updates on storm recovery within your community by visiting Waste Management’s website at www.wm.com/alerts.
As a community partner, we work diligently to help you prepare for approaching hurricanes and – once the storms pass – get things up-and-running and back to normal as soon as possible. As community members, we also proudly support local recovery efforts ensuring affected communities can thrive again.