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BATON ROUGE Waste Management will suspend all collection and disposal services in the following areas on Wednesday, Aug. 29:

  • Point Coupee' Parish
  • West Baton Rouge Parish
  • East Baton Rouge Parish
  • West Feliciana Parish
  • East Feliciana Parish
  • St Helena Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish
  • Livingston Parish
  • Ascension Parish

WM will notify the public immediately as collection schedules resume following Tropical Storm Isaac.

Waste Management will also suspend all collection services in the following parishes between Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Thursday, Aug. 30:

  • Assumption Parish
  • St. James Parish
  • Lower St. Martin Parish

 

Collection services are scheduled to resume Friday morning, Aug. 31.

"Waste Management implemented its hurricane response plan as soon as this storm became a threat to the area. We are in frequent communication with local officials and have informed them of our plans to suspend collection and disposal services in advance of the storm, as we focus on the safety of our employees and our valued customers. We will continue the work of directing WM employees and their families to appropriate hurricane preparations and implement the task of staging our trucks and equipment for safe keeping as the storm passes through. This process will allow us to move quickly to restore collection services as soon as the storm passes," said Warren Guedry, public sector manager, WM Louisiana.

Since all of south Louisiana is under either a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning, the company encourages all residents and businesses to secure their garbage cans and other trash containers in a safe location. In addition, all loose trash, such as tree limbs, should be bundled, tied down and placed in a location where the debris cannot become hazards to homes and automobiles in high winds.

 Waste Management is holding daily briefings with both local drivers and statewide teams to ensure that Gulfport is equipped with the resources necessary during and after the storm. After the storm, Waste Management will restart curbside garbage and trash collection immediately on the streets that are passable. The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments.

As part of its hurricane planning and pre-storm preparation, Waste Management puts its hurricane response plan into action as soon as a storm becomes a verified threat to the area. Local Waste Management staffs review their local plans, re-establish contact with local emergency authorities and inspect and re-stock their hurricane preparedness equipment and supplies. All this and more is to ensure that employees are able to return to performing their very essential collection jobs in the community as soon as practical following a storm.

New for 2012 from Waste Management is the use of various social media tools to assure that local residents can find up-to-date information in the event of service disruptions resulting from challenging post-storm conditions.  Once a storm strikes and is severe enough to warrant community updates, turn to www.wm.com for timely information about service. You can also find community information from Waste Management at www.facebook.com/wastemanagement or follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com/wastemanagement   

 

 

 

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