Meridian Star

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June 1, 2014

Waste Management talks trash

MERIDIAN —     As the 2014 Hurricane Season approaches — June 1 through November 30 — Waste Management officials are preparing to serve the community and respond to collection-related challenges if a storm threatens the area.

    Waste Management officials are reminding 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, a Waste Management press release states.

    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, etc.

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

    “It’s our first priority to make sure our community is safe each hurricane season. We want to ensure we are ready to respond to challenges storms may present and with our experience and hurricane training throughout the Gulf Coast—we are ready,” said Rene Faucheux, senior manager of government and community affairs – Waste Management Gulf Coast. “To have an effective storm response, we need all residents and businesses to be prepared."

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