Changes made to Plum trash removal - Plum

Changes made to Plum trash removal

Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 3:16 PM

A trash pick-up company serving Plum has said it will no longer take trash or yard waste that isn’t bagged and placed in containers as a precaution to its workers amid the covid-19 pandemic.

Republic Services has made the changes to “try to limit exposure to their drivers during this time.”

Republic also has suspended the borough’s bulk item pick-up program until further notice.

The changes are effective immediately, according to a Plum Borough Facebook post.

“We appreciate your support and understanding as we know everyone is working hard to prevent exposure during this pandemic. For questions about these changes, please call the customer service division of Republic Services at 1-800-431-1507,” read the announcement.

Penn Hills also uses Republic Services. However, municipal Manager Scott Andrejchak said there will be no changes to its trash pick-up services with Republic.

“I understand they might be under pressure right now because there’s a bigger tonnage because more people are staying home right now,” he said. “But we’re not under any obligation to change our deal. That’s why we have a contract.”

In Plum, the situation is a little different, said Mike Thomas, the borough’s manager.

“We provide a cart that fits the equipment haulers use on the trucks, so the driver never has to get out. If a municipality doesn’t use those carts, they don’t have a choice but to pick up the trash,” Thomas said.

Thomas said he supports Republic’s move.

“Everyone is doing everything possible to contain the spread of this and so keeping their drivers from having to physically touch refuse might help,” he said.

Republic was not immediately available to comment.

The trash service’s website includes a general statement regarding covid-19. To read the full statement, click here.

Waste Management, another trash pick-up service used by several municipalities in Allegheny County, continues to pick up trash, according to its website. It has, however, closed residential contact centers to mitigate the virus’ spread.

Both trash services have said they are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for trash handlers. The guidelines include regular cleaning of buildings and trucks.