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Parkersburg limits trash collection

PARKERSBURG – The City of Parkersburg is limiting its garbage collection in an effort to reduce sanitation workers’ potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.

Starting Wednesday, the city will only take trash that is “properly placed in suitable waterproof containers, including plastic bags and trash cans,” Mayor Tom Joyce said via email.

Customers are also asked to hold on to bulk waste items like furniture and appliances at this time.

The change follows a ruling by the Public Service Commission applying to private waste-haulers, Joyce said. Although the city does not fall under those regulations, the mayor said he decided to follow suit.

“My No. 1 priority during this pandemic has been and will be to continue to keep our employees safe; and while this change will have an impact on the aesthetics of some neighborhoods, there is nothing more important than safety,” Joyce said. “We will make arrangements if necessary to ‘catch up’ on bulk waste collection as soon as it is safe to do so, but for now I am asking that bulk waste be held for collection at a future date.”

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