Advanced Disposal Services, which collects garbage in Corry, has made some minor changes for refuse pickup effective next week.
The city of Corry was recently notified by Advanced Disposal that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined the COVID-19 virus can remain viable for hours or days on an array of waste materials from residents.
Starting on Monday, March 30, Advanced Disposal will require that all waste be placed in garbage bags in order to be collected. Grocery bags containing waste will not be accepted since they are prone to breaking open and are the major cause for windblown trash on collection days, according to Advanced Disposal.
As a result of these modifications, curbside loose trash will not be picked up effective Monday. These garbage pickup procedures are for all of Advanced Disposal's service areas, not just the city of Corry.
The bagging requirement does not include recyclables, which may remain un-bagged and single stream.
Any resident who uses containers must bag all waste before putting it in garbage cans and/or bins to eliminate windblown items while employees are emptying the container.
An Advanced Disposal representative said items that are too large to fit in a garbage bag may still be picked up, but Corry residents are asked to call ahead. City residents can call Advanced Disposal at 1-800-338-8971 and select option 5.
The new pickup procedures are for the safety of Advanced Disposal employees and city residents in order to diminish the spread of the virus.