Waste Management sent information regarding the issues facing their company and the reasoning for being at one pick up a week. Waste Management has provided our City with an
extra benefit of Dumpsters at no cost. (Services above and beyond what we have received before.)
(Please read the information below sent from Waste Management).
Unfortunately, I don't know when we'll be able to get back to a full collection schedule. I really wish that I did, and that it was sooner rather than later, but the nature of the problem (staffing) doesn't really allow for that. We're currently at 77% of our target staffing for residential drivers and helpers. We're regularly at 110%, which allows for coverage in case of injury, illness, vacations, etc. We've been as aggressive as we can with trying to get back to that goal, raising our hourly rate and instituting a $5,000 sign-on bonus, allowing for four day work weeks for those interested, etc, but our residential turnover in 2021 was 247%, which was almost entirely among the new hire class. Meaning we have to hire three people to fill each open position.
I don't say any of that to make excuses. I know how frustrating this is for everyone involved. We will continue to do everything we can to hire aggressively, and do a better job of retaining those few people who do apply. We have several helpers who are in training to get their CDL so that we can transition them into a driving role, but that takes several months to complete.
|The yellow highlights are garbage only and the green highlights are garbage and recycling|
Waste Management Recycle Tips
Prepare for Safe Pickups
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- In place by 6 a.m. on pickup day
- 3 feet from cars and other carts
- In front of your house or alley
- On street with wheels against curb