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Injuries on Ice Could Prompt New Trash Collection Policy

Falls by several sanitation employees after winter storm leads to consideration of policy allowing suspension of collections during hazardous conditions.

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Ridgewood public works and sanitation officials are proposing changes to the policy on waste and recycling collections after several employees were reportedly injured working during recent winter storms.

Two members of the sanitation staff received medical attention for their injuries after slipping on ice after a storm in December, Acting Village Manager Heather Mailander said last week.

The ordinance expected to be taken up by the village council Wednesday would allow the village manager, supervisor of sanitation or director of public works to declare hazardous collection conditions during weather events or other issues that could potentially put staff at risk.

In the event of such conditions, collections could be suspended on all or part of a route until the next scheduled collection date, according to a draft of the ordinance.

There are currently no provisions in the municipal code for suspending trash pickup, though during the early January storm the village suspended backyard trash collections and asked residents to bring bins to the curb.

No members of the council expressed opposition to the policy when it was proposed last week.

“I think it’s probably a worthwhile ordinance to adopt in light of our recent injuries to employees,” Mailander said.

thetentman January 14, 2014 at 07:09 AM
The town should GIVE all of the Sanitation guys a set of Yaktrak's or Stabilicers. Devices for your shoes that gain traction. http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___33018 http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___24091
Rena Garcia January 14, 2014 at 08:20 AM
And when will they compensate us for the injuries and damage to cars they've caused by neglecting to pick up leaves for 7 weeks straight while mountains of them on our narrow one way street then cover up with snow and remain an obstruction until well into spring - 10 years running....
dara brown January 14, 2014 at 09:00 AM
If they aren't picking up garbage, then they should be assigned to snow removal duties. It works well for NYC.
Willard January 14, 2014 at 01:07 PM
When can we all have a grown up conversation about going to just one garbage collection per week like the rest of Bergen County?
jp1 January 14, 2014 at 03:23 PM
All garbage should be placed curbside, only problem is the lazy people who leave there empty cans out for days on end.
jp1 January 14, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Willard i forgot one question how many towns actually have once a week pickup?
Willard January 14, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Is there any town that has twice a week pick up?
Phil Brooks January 14, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Glen Rock does.

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