COVID-19 Update

published: May 11th, 2020 by in Uncategorized

Patriot Disposal is following the latest developments concerning the COVID-19 virus on an on-going basis and will follow the recommendations and guidelines set by the authorities. At this time, we would like to address the following:

  • We are an essential service and expect to continue services as scheduled.
  • Until the virus is completely contained, there is the potential for delays in service.
  • Any updates will be posted here on this landing page.
  • Effective Friday, March 20th no bulk items will be collected until further notice.
  • In response to the current public health emergency and in accordance with the Solid Waste Advisory from Fairfax County,please be advised that Patriot Disposal will temporarily suspend the collection of yard waste from all Fairfax County residential customers, effective immediately.
  • No yard waste will be collected from residents in Prince William and Fairfax Counties.  At the present time, this does not include Manassas Park.
  • In communities with trash cans and/or Toters: trash outside of the container, including bagged trash, will not be collected.  Trash that does not fit in the container should instead be placed into the container for collection on the 2nd pickup day of the week.
  • In communities without trash cans and/or Toters, or those with once weekly pickup: trash that is wholly contained within trash bags, sealed or tied tightly, will be collected.
  • Due to the increased amount of residential trash and recycling being collected during this time, no adjustments will be made to your account due to these changes.

Effective Monday, April 13th, yard waste collection from Loudoun County residents, will resume with the following limitations:

  • All yard waste must be placed in paper bags for pickup; yard waste in plastic bags or in any other container will not be picked up.
  • All yard waste for pickup must be wholly contained in paper yard waste bags; bundles or loose branches placed at the curb will not be picked up.
  • Residents are limited to a maximum of 3 bags of yard waste per home per pickup.
  • Your yard waste pickup day will not change; it will be the same as it was prior to the yard waste suspension notification.
  • As a reminder, unaccepted materials include tree stumps, food waste, lumber, treated wood, pallets, sawdust, dirt, mulch and sod.  Please do not mix any of these materials in with your yard waste.

Residents can help provide safer working conditions for our workforce by following these best practices.

  1. REDUCE THE WASTE YOU GENERATE- During this unprecedented time, residents should be mindful of the quantity of waste they generate, so as not to overwhelm the collection system. For example, this is not the best time to clean out the garage/do spring cleaning.
  2. STOP SETTING OUT YARD WASTE AT THE CURB. Start grasscycling, backyard composting, and limit generation of yard waste if possible.
  3. BAG ALL TRASH and REFUSE – Bagged trash limits exposure to potentially harmful materials, such as used tissue that could spread viruses and bacteria.
  4. KEEP ALL RECYCLING CLEAN AND LOOSE – When recycling is loose in the bin, not in bags, it is easier to process. Removing food and liquid residue from recyclables minimizes the spread of viruses and bacteria. Only place plastic bottles and jugs, paper, cardboard, cartons and metal cans in the bin.
  5. EMPTY ALL LIQUIDS – Liquids in bottles, cans, and other containers can carry viruses and bacteria and can splash onto collectors when trash and recyclables are emptied.
  6. WIPE/DISINFECT CART HANDLES AND LIDS – The two main touch points on a cart for collectors are the lid and the handles. By wiping those areas down with disinfectant or soapy water, you minimize the danger of shared contact areas.
  7. SEAL AND MARK ALL SHARPS/NEEDLES – Properly dispose of medical sharp objects such as syringes by placing them in a sealed, rigid plastic container. Seal the container with sturdy tape, clearly mark it as “Sharps,” and place in the trash.