For the safety and health of Allied Waste Services employees that provide the City of Joplin’s residential trash service, starting on Thursday, July 19, residential trash collection will start at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.
The trash trucks will run through the early portion of the routes picking up all trash that is set out, and then make another pass after 6 a.m. to pick up trash that was missed. The City is again granting this variance from the 6 a.m. start time due to the excessive heat advisory. The City of Joplin understands the necessity of protecting the trash truck drivers from the hazards of extreme heat. Once the heat advisory has expired, the 6 a.m. start time will resume.
Mary Anne Phillips, Recycling Coordinator stated, “We encourage everyone to help spread the word about the 5 a.m. start time, and take the opportunity to check on the welfare of neighbors that might be vulnerable to the extreme heat.” For those residents that may not have their trash out by 5 a.m. or learn about the change, if it is out by 6:00 a.m., the trash will still be picked up.
Should the need arise, residents are advised to call Allied Waste Services at (800) 431-1507 for customer service issues. Phillips said the trash company managers are taking every precaution to protect their employees such as monitoring the drivers and providing cool drinks throughout the day.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but are confident that residents will understand due to the current severe heat advisory and heat index.