City of Walla Walla Commercial and Residential Garbage, Recycling, and Green Waste Pickups On Regular Schedule for Thanksgiving Day
The City's Solid Waste Division will collect commercial and residential garbage and green waste on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27. BDI will also pick up recycling for Thursday's B Week residents on Thanksgiving Day.
Solid waste collection is typically not provided to residents on major holidays. However, the holiday service is being provided this year due to the on-going mechanical challenges with the city's garbage collection fleet. Regular collection will be provided on the holiday to alleviate the extra demand of servicing two days' worth of routes after a holiday with limited trucks available to do the job.
"We are actively trying to prevent service delays to our residents by working on Thanksgiving Day. Two of the older trucks will be replaced in the coming months and will reduce the risk of having multiple trucks down for repairs at once," said David Jensen, Solid Waste Supervisor for the City of Walla Walla.
Walla Walla Officers responded to 21 collisions in the City during a 5-hour period beginning shortly after 1:00 p.m. yesterday. None of the collisions involved serious injuries.
Winter weather travel brings added responsibility for motorists to drive defensively on the slick roads. Drivers need to allow for extra time to arrive at their destinations, greatly increase the distance between vehicles on the road, stay off their cell phones and other distracting devices, and be extra cautious at intersections.
When preparing to travel out of town, drivers are reminded to pack a safety kit in their vehicle. This kit should include blankets, water, non-perishable food items, road flares or other type of emergency warning lights, and a first-aid kit. It is also advisable to have a cell phone charger and to let others know their travel route and estimated arrival time.
For more information, contact Tim Bennett at the Walla Walla Police Department, 527-4434.
Members of the Walla Walla Police Department and Dispatch are taking a break from shaving to help fight cancer for the next month during "No Shave November." The idea was formed in 2009 that rather than spending money on shaving or hair removal for one month, people could donate that money to help fight cancer. Nearly 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
The Police Department's goal is to raise $1,000. To donate to our team, or start your own, you can sign up by clicking here. WWPD challenges other regional law enforcement agencies to meet or beat our goal.
For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.
The Sudbury Landfill will implement "Winter Hours" for its operations beginning November 3, 2014. The new operating hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting Monday, November 3, 2014, through Saturday, February 28, 2015. Regular operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will resume on Monday, March 2, 2015 and run until November. The Landfill will continue to be open Monday through Saturday year round.
The switch to Winter Hours will coincide with the end of Daylight Savings Time and shorter daylight hours. The combination of darkness and inclement weather can pose a safety risk for both customers and staff.
"Safety is our number one concern for both customers and staff at the Sudbury Landfill. We feel switching to Winter Hours will help us maintain that focus while having minimal impact on the customers' ability to use the facility during the winter months based on feedback from the public," said Damon Taam, Solid Waste Manager for the City of Walla Walla.
The idea of Winter Hours was introduced in a survey of customers in the fall of 2013; 90% of respondents indicated that switching to a Winter Hours schedule was acceptable. The survey results also showed that reported usage of the landfill decreases dramatically during the winter months and a subsequent analysis of annual customer transactions confirmed that usage drops by nearly 60% during the winter months and particularly so after 4:00 p.m.
More information on the Sudbury Landfill can be found at www.wallawallawa.gov/depts/publicworks/solidwaste.