Waste Management prepares for 2016 hurricane season

Staff Report

Today is the first day of the 2016 hurricane season (June 1 to Nov. 30) — Waste Management officials prepare to serve the community and once again respond to collection-related challenges if a storm threatens the area.

Waste Management officials remind local residents to get to know recommended emergency preparedness precautions, secure trash and containers before a storm and know how to handle garbage and debris after a storm.

If a storm strikes, residents and businesses should secure garbage and recycling containers where the wind will not move them. To prevent further wind damage to property and ensure the safety of others, all loose trash, tree limbs, loose materials and construction debris should be bundled and tied down.

After a storm, Waste Management will restart collection services once local and/or state officials declare streets safe and passable. Garbage should also be separated. Items such as food waste, diapers, wrappers and similar regular household waste should be separated from storm debris caused by rain, wind, rising water, hail and other weather.

To prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, Waste Management reviews official emergency coordination plans and remains on alert in the event of tropical weather.