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Trash companies are making temporary changes

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 12:49:22-04

LANSING, Mich. — You're going to have to be a little more thorough the next time you take the trash out.

Recycling and trash companies like Granger and Capital Area Recycling and Trash ("CART") company are letting residents know that they're trash may not be picked up if they leave loose trash outside, or next to their garbage and recycling bins. The new policy is designed to make things as safe as possible for 'CART' workers.

"What we wanted to clarify is that additional trash or recycling that is sometimes accepted if they put it outside of that cart, will possibly not be collected. We're going to discourage people from putting that out so that the drivers don't have to handle that material manually," Lori Welch, Environmental specialist for the city of Lansing said.

Welch stated that their partner, Simple Recycling, have canceled their collection of clothing and household goods until further notice.

"Lansing's partner in the collection of clothing and household goods, Simple Recycling, has suspended the collect of their orange bags for the time being. That is to be totally separate from the green recycling carts that the city of Lansing still services," Welch said.

Other companies like Granger are following suit to protect their employees.

“We want to make sure that all trash regardless of the amount is bagged. We ask if you have our cart service to please put all of your bagged trash inside your cart to the best of your ability. The point of this it so our drivers do not have to touch any trash and the truck does the work of emptying the container. This will help keep our associates, which are our number one concern safe and healthy," Charles Hauser, Community Relations Coordinator for Granger said.

The Michigan retailers association says employee safety is why stores like Meijer, Walmart and Kroger have stopped accepting bottle returns during the pandemic. Lansing is also suspending bulk trash collections until further notice.

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