Question — Some Greeley customers said it took days for their trash to be picked up in Greeley. Why was service delayed?
Answer — In the week after Waste Management of Colorado took over Greeley-based Northern Colorado Disposal’s residential and commercial waste collection business, Greeley residents noticed something was off.
On Friday, residents said trash that was supposed to be
collected on Wednesday was still sitting out on the street. It started piling up
Vicki Gomes, a communications specialist for Waste
Management of Colorado, said the delays were caused, in large part, by the snow
and freezing temperatures that hung around Greeley for most of the week.
“The heavy snow and extreme cold over the weekend prevented us
from being able to service the community on Monday, which has delayed service
for the week,” she said.
Gomes added that the company planned to recover the extra
trash by Saturday, and plans to pick up extra bags on regular service days this
“We apologize for the delayed start to our service and appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to safely service the community,” Gomes said.
Joe Collins, Greeley’s code compliance supervisor, said the city has received calls about the trash, but was running on the assumption the company would get the trash picked up soon. If the city ran into a situation where collectors weren’t picking up trashing, officials would intervene.
But Greeley has never been in that situation before.
The company’s acquisition of Northern Colorado Disposal, finalized March 1, affects residents and businesses in Greeley, Eaton, Windsor, Pierce and Ault.
Question — What options do Greeley residents have for recycling with Waste Management now that Northern Colorado Disposal isn’t an option?
Answer — Gomes said Greeley customers can use Waste Management’s curbside recycling program.
The company accepts empty plastic bottles, jars and jugs,
clean paper and clean cardboard. In a news release last week, the company said
recyclable materials should be placed loose, not bagged, in carts.
To learn more about recycling at home, call the company’s customer service line at (800) 482-6406 or email email@example.com.
Outside of that, though, Greeley doesn’t currently have a location to drop off recycling, Collins said. The city has reached out to Waste Management to see if the company will re-open Northern Colorado’s Greeley recycling site, which closed during the acquisition, but has not received an answer yet.
For information about the town of Windsor’s recycling program, visit www.windsorgov.com/1006/Recycling.
Question — Are summer school programs at the Bella Romero Academy 4-8 campus canceled because of fracking?
Answer — No, said Theresa Myers, the chief communications
officer for Greeley-Evans School District 6. The school hasn’t finalized plans
for summer school yet, let alone made a decision about closing it.
However, she said, that if Extraction Oil and Gas drills during the summer — company officials told the district they plan to — the district likely would move summer school to the Bella Romero Academy of Applied Technology K-3 campus, 614 20th St.
“We have that luxury there because we have two campuses,”
Myers said. “We’re sensitive that some parents are concerned with fracking, so
we would probably move it.”
She also said the school is currently designing a summer school program, potentially one that would take students to offsite to the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University.
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