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Sanitation employees to return to work, trash collections to resume as scheduled

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 17:54:08-04

BALTIMORE — After having to suspend operations at the Eastside Sanitation Yard to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19, sanitation workers are set to come back.

DPW began mobilizing other sanitation crews within the Bureau of Solid Waste.

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These other employees had been on permission leave (not working, but being paid) for weeks with the understanding that they would support core operations.

Permission leave was revoked and workers have returned in sufficient numbers to address the trash collection backlog.

DPW said they continue to provide quality PPE and laundry services for employees. They also have daily reminder sessions with staff about the importance of following social distancing and to always use their masks as masks, and not as chin straps.

DPW has also received support from other City agencies to assist with collections while some employees continue to recover or self-isolate due to possible exposure.

Acting Director Matthew Garbark has expressed his appreciation for that vital aid. In addition, contractors have been brought in to assist in filling gaps in service.

While recycling remains on hold a bit longer, they anticipate trash collections will return to normal this week.

The Sisson Street Citizen Drop-Off Center, located at 2840 Sisson Street, is fully reopened for public use.

In addition, DPW is accepting bulk trash items at two locations: Northwest Transfer Station, located at 5030 Reisterstown Road, Monday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or the Quarantine Road Landfill, located at 6100 Quarantine Road. Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Residents can also drop off their recycling at any one of these three convenience centers.

The Department is always seeking dedicated employees willing to commit to serving the City.

Anyone having a CDL or who is interested in working for the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste, Sanitation Department, can call 410-396-3330.