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Waste Management makes adjustments during coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 11:16:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the City of Omaha announced that Waste Management would be limiting its yard waste collection to 4 cans/ sacks per household, something it would begin to enforce starting April 6.

"This limitation allows Waste Management to focus on the essential service of garbage collection during the pandemic," the city said in a press release. "Any impact to the Waste Management workforce by COVID-19 will impact the service and performance of solid waste collection. Waste Management will be co-collecting garbage and yardwaste."

The limit in yardwaste collection will remain in effect until further notice.

According to the press release, weekly household waste collection is now:

Up to 5 containers of grabage.
Trash cans must be 32-gallons or less, and must not exceed 45 pounds.
Plastic bags are limited to 40 pounds.
Up to 4 containers (trash cans or paper yardwaste bags) of yardwaste.
Trash cans must be marked with a YW, 32-gallons or less, and must not exceed 45 pounds.
Paper yardwaste sacks are limited to 40 pounds.
A bundle of brush is also acceptable in place of a trash can or paper yardwaste bag.
One or more City issued green recycling bins.
Excess recyclables may be placed in paper grocery sacks or cardboard boxes that will be collected when placed out with the green recycling bin.
Replacement recycling bins are not available at this time due to the shutdown of facilities where they are distributed.

The city said that due to the uncertainty of impacts, modifications to this list may be necessary. The city will update residents as information becomes available. Citizens may sign up for e-mail notification of impending solid waste collection holidays or service delays by going to http://join.wasteline.org. The City’s solid waste website is www.wasteline.org and the Facebook presence is www.facebook.com/wasteline.