March 25, 2020

Cranbrook, BC (March 25, 2020) – In order for the City of Cranbrook to continue to keep its solid waste collection operations moving smoothly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cooperation of our residents is paramount.

Please ensure that there is no loose garbage or open garbage bags left out on your collection day, otherwise it will not be picked up. This is an important step to ensure the health and safety of our collection team.

“While recognizing and sympathizing with the extra cleaning and sanitizing work happening in many households, all household garbage must be contained within garbage bags before being put in the containers for pickup,” says Derrick Anderson, Director of Public Works. “Loose garbage, especially paper towels and wipes, can easily be blown away while the garbage containers are being emptied. During the current public health situation, exposure to these loose materials could also put our employees at greater unnecessary risk.“

Residents are also reminded that wipes and paper towels can't be flushed down toilets. These items are not designed to be disposed of in this way, and they can cause major blockages in domestic and City owned sewer lines.

We appreciate the community’s continued patience and understanding during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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