Yakima City officials are hoping you'll give some help to the people collecting your garbage.

Create some space free of snow around your container

Yakima’s Refuse Division is continuing work in the city despite the heavy snow so there asking that you provide some clear space around your garbage container so the equipment can dump your garbage.
In fact the city issued a press release Monday;

City officials say the pickup schedule is being impacted by weather

To provide the best service possible, the City of Yakima’s Refuse Division is asking customers during winter weather to do the following:

Make sure garbage carts are accessible and clear of all snow and ice at the curbside
Keep a 36-inch wide path around the carts to enable equipment to safely pick them up
If your cart is not collected on the normal pick-up day, leave it so it can be collected later
Do not jam garbage into carts.

If you live on a hill city officials say bag your garbage

If you live on steep terrain, please bag your garbage. Operators may need to drive a smaller refuse vehicle to retrieve your garbage. Having it bagged allows operators to remove refuse from a cart in a safe and timely manner.
Avoid parking on the street on collection days to ensure access to your garbage cart.“Ice and snow cause driving problems for everyone and when you drive a 30-ton garbage truck, it can be especially challenging,” said Communications & Public Affairs Director Randy Beehler. “We appreciate the public’s assistance in helping us help them.”

Garbage pickup could be suspended because of the weather

While trying to maintain regular schedules, garbage collection could be suspended if a street is considered unsafe due to snow and icy conditions. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Yakima Refuse Division at 509-575-6005.

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