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Posted on: October 9, 2016

[ARCHIVED] City issues waste removal guidelines

For Immediate Release
Date: October 9, 2016

The City of Savannah has released the following temporary changes and guidelines for City Sanitation services:
· There will be no garbage collection this Monday; services will resume on Tuesday on a modified holiday schedule. That means if your normal garbage collection is Monday, it will now be on Tuesday. Tuesday collection will be on Wednesday, etc.
· Due to widespread loss of refrigeration and health issues from food spoilage, garbage removal will receive priority. Therefore recycling collection is suspended until further notice. Recycling carts should be used for garbage overflows.
· The Dean Forest Road Landfill (1327 Dean Forest Road) will be open starting Tuesday for direct haul of garbage (city residents & paid subscribers from unincorporated Chatham County only). Additional garbage drop-off sites may be opened if necessary.

Storm Debris should be handled as follow:
· Clean vegetative material should be placed curbside, preferably at the regular point of yard waste collection if possible.
· Follow regular set-out guidelines to the extent practical (cut branches to 4 feet and stack them; loose leaves in brown paper yard waste bags or container; no plastic bags).
· Separate piles should be made for vegetative materials, building material debris, bulk items such as furniture, and empty appliances.
· Following regular guidelines allows more material to be carried per truckload and speeds up the overall collection effort.

We request your help:
· Please adhere to storm debris set-out guidelines.
· Limit materials set out to storm-related items only. Now is not the time to clean out the closet or garage.
· Do not mix and mingle different debris types; this only creates more work and slows the overall process down.
· Only place plastic bags in City-issued refuse containers. Do not use plastic bags for yard debris.
· Do not place debris in the roadway.
· Do not blow leaves or other vegetation into the street.

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