Winter Storm freezes garbage removal

Winter Storm freezes garbage removal
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Residents in at least two Northeast Arkansas towns have been working to resume garbage pickup in their area.

However, weather conditions have made it difficult to pick up garbage in two other communities.

The City of Jonesboro announced on social media Thursday afternoon that city sanitation pickup would resume Friday, weather permitting, with regular routes.

Officials also said Thursday routes will be picked up Saturday.

City of Jonesboro sanitation pickup will resume Friday, weather permitting, with regular routes. Thursday routes will be...

Posted by City of Jonesboro, AR - Government on Thursday, February 18, 2021

According to a news release shared on social media Wednesday, officials initially said pickup would rely on two things:

  • Reliable street conditions
  • Legacy Landfill being open

After initially saying they were open until 4 p.m. Wednesday, a spokesperson for Legacy Landfill announced a few hours they would close at 1:30 p.m.

“We have word from all the commercial haulers that they have stopped running for the day, and we have only had a couple of residents so we are going to let our employees leave so they can get home safely,” said Angela Sparks, deputy director for the Craighead County Solid Waste Disposal Authority.

“Attempts to run sanitation routes late last week proved dangerous for not only drivers and their large trucks, but other motorists on the roads and cars parked along the roadside,” the city stated.

Wynne city leaders made a similar announcement Wednesday on social media, saying its garbage trucks “cannot travel on our streets at this time.”

They also cited garbage freezing in the bins as a factor in their decision.

“Donnie did try to send one load to the landfill yesterday and it was frozen in the truck upon arrival,” they posted.

According to city hall, they will continue services as soon as possible, but there would be no standard route.

“We will go where we can go when we can get there,” they stated. “The truck will probably begin running on Saturday when the temperature is warmer and things begin to thaw.”

Sparks said Legacy Landfill and the Lake City Transfer Station would be open Saturday, Feb. 20, until 4 p.m. to allow waste disposal to catch up.

“City and commercial haulers are so far behind that we want to do our part to help them,” Sparks added.

According to Marmaduke Mayor Steve Dixon, garbage pickup will resume Saturday in the Greene County town.

Friday is the typical day for garbage pickup, Dixon said.

Shelton Sanitation will be picking up the garbage in Marmaduke Saturday, Dixon said.

The city of Blytheville also suspended its sanitation services until further notice.

Sanitation service in the City of Blytheville is suspended until further notice. Attempts to run sanitation routes late...

Posted by The City of Blytheville on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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