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Durham Moves Garbage Collections Up to Beat Heat

Posted July 10, 2007

— The city Department of Solid Waste Management is adjusting its residential solid waste, yard waste and recycling collection schedules to begin earlier each day. Officials said they hope the change will protect workers from heat-related injuries.

From Monday, July 16, through Friday, Sept. 14, sanitation crews will arrive at least an hour before the scheduled 7 a.m. garbage pick-up, officials said. Residents are asked to place their carts on the curb the night before their normal pick-up day.

“Safeguarding our collectors’ health is the primary reason for this temporary schedule change,” Donald Long, director of the Department of Solid Waste Management, said in a statement. “Although we provide safety training on how to cope with extreme heat, such as drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding overexertion, we know the best way to avoid heat injury is to limit the amount of time our employees are exposed to extreme temperatures.”

If pick-ups are missed on a regular collection day, residents should leave their carts at the curb an extra day before contacting Durham One Call at 919-560-1200 to report the missed pick-up, Long said.

Commercial solid waste collection times will remain unchanged during the summer.


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  • Dodge Jul 10, 2007

    maybe my boss needs to look at this, maybe I can get off work early, he he he

  • choppa Jul 10, 2007

    wahaka63, even though I don't know anyone in this line of work, I can empathize what your family deal with on a day to day basis. I must also add that for some reason every time I see or have to deal with sanitation workers, they ALWAYS have some kind of attitude. I know a lot of people that have similar opinions. This attitude that, admittedly, we perceive they have does not help to improve the public's perception of them.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 10, 2007

    wahaka63 -at- yahoo -dot- com -> everybody has to do something.

    At least he is not some street walking schmuck thinking up ways to rip some one off.

  • .Milky Jul 10, 2007

    Durham Heat Collect Garbage to Beat Up.

  • wahaka63 Jul 10, 2007

    Until you walk the shoes of a sanitation worker don't throw stones. I'm married to one. He works 55 to 60 hours a week and is in and out of his truck a hundred times a day even though he drives a one arm bandit truck. You think of these men as trash because they pick yours up. Think again they are human just as the rest of you. I will say the majority of his customers are good to him. Think before you speak lowly of another human because someone loves that person very much and it hurts to have comments made.

  • 68_polara Jul 10, 2007

    Durham and Garbage, all in one headline. Sure to be plenty of colorful comments.

  • Brick Tamland Jul 10, 2007

    My garbage collector doesn't even get out the truck. They have a robot arm to pick up the containers. Then they usually tip it over when they put it down and just leave it laying there in the street.