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Garbage collection delayed further for Township residents due to extreme cold

Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 9:02 pm EDT

Photo - Jeff Pickel, 570 NEWS

The record-breaking cold snap we received over New Year’s is still causing a bit of a garbage headache for those living in our Region’s Townships.

Collection is pushed back a day throughout Waterloo Region this week due to a holiday adjusted schedule, but the wait may be even longer in smaller communities.

Cari Rastas Howard is Project Manager with Waste Management at the Region of Waterloo.

She says unfortunately, there are some additional delays in the Townships due to holiday volumes and cold weather challenges.

“In the Townships, it could take up to two days for residents to get complete collection. We have pulled some additional resources, so you may see some strange trucks out on the street. Our trucks will be picking up at different times of the day, and your two different blue-box streams may even be picked up by two different trucks.”

Howard says they are apologizing to any affected homeowners, as they realize this can be very inconvenient.

“We’re doing our best to try and get caught up. Everyone has extra packaging and food waste from the holidays, so we did preemptively arrange to have extra trucks and staff available. But the extra challenge is the severe cold weather – that means our collection crews that work outside need to be able to take extra breaks, and unfortunately that means they can only get so far in a day.”

Howard says if there’s going to be one thing left behind at the curb for the longest period of time, it’s probably going to be your Christmas tree.

“That’s probably going to be our lowest priority at the moment. We do want to keep those trees out of the landfills as much as our residents do, but we’re gonna have a lot less trouble if we have trees left at the curb a little longer than other things — so if we have to delay anything a little further, it would be Christmas trees.”

Any Township residents looking for more information can click here, or call the 24-hour customer service line at 519-575-4400.