GFL suspending all yard waste collection amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 10:13:22-04

(WXYZ) — GFL Environmental is suspending all yard waste collection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspension takes effect on Monday, April 13.

According to the company:

"These temporary measures are necessary to not only protect our communities and our front line employees from the risks of COVID-19, they are also allowing us to free up our personnel and equipment to keep up with the increasing amount of residential solid waste that is being generated at this time. Our first priority is to make sure we have capacity available to perform the essential services of municipal solid waste and recycling collection and disposal. Please rest assured that regular service will resume when it is safe for us to do so."

GFL says their curbside garbage and recycling collection services have not been severely impacted and are continuing running as normal.

Customers should be sure to place their garbage container at the curb, at least four feet from any obstacles by 7 a.m. on their usual collection day.

Here are a few frequently asked questions from the company's website:

How do I best dispose of yard waste?

Yard waste is defined as leaves, lawn cuttings, shrubs and tree trimmings. Place into paper biodegradable bags or labelled containers up to 35 gallons in size. We enforce a weight limit of 50 pounds. Brush and limbs greater than 2 inches in diameter must be in bundles not longer than 4 feet in length, and not exceeding a total of 18 inches in diameter, or more than 50 pounds.

What does NOT qualify as yard waste?

Dirt, sod, large stumps, sand, gravel, concrete, rocks, animal feces and dead animals.

GFL serves these metro Detroit communities:

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