Changes made to Greenville trash and recycling pickup due to COVID-19


GREENVILLE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made regarding trash and recycling pickup services in the city of Greenville.

According to Republic Services, the company contracted by Greenville to handle trash and recycling pick-up, services will continue, but in a limited capacity.

All curbside trash and recycling must be contained in one’s cart (bin) with lids closed, and all trash must be in garbage bags. Those bags cannot exceed 50 pounds. That means any waste set alongside the cart will not be picked up.

According to City Manager George Bosanic, when it comes to recycling, Republic will only take recycling items if they are deposited in the trash bin.

“This means Republic doesn’t want recycling loosely dumped in the trash carts. Rather, they want it bagged and thrown in the trash,” he said. “If people don’t want to throw away their recycling, they can hold on to it and (have it recycled) when the emergency order is lifted.”

“Republic Services provides an essential service, and like other essential services, it’s our duty to serve the public, especially in times like these,” Republic Services posted in a statement on its website. “We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation to make sure we’re doing the right thing for the communities we serve. This includes continuing to work closely with public health experts and other advisors, as well as following guidance from the CDC and adhering to OSHA guidelines regarding the safe handling of waste and recycling.”

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