MONSOON STORMS SPUR SURGE IN BULK TRASH PICKUP

GLENDALE WORKERS COLLECT RECORD 6 MILLION POUNDS OF STORM WASTE

Glendale, AZ-An unusually long and strong monsoon brought more than wind and rain to Glendale this summer. It brought a major mess with broken branches, downed trees, splintered sheds and scattered trash cans. But mother nature was no match for Glendale employees who deployed to pick up a record amount of bulk trash, at one point, working 12 days straight.

***Glendale employees collected 103,460 pounds of debris off-schedule in July. Followed up with the collection of 3,098 TONS of bulk trash in August. That is more than 6 million pounds, double the 3-year average.

By far the hardest hit area was north of Bell Road, where workers collected nearly 2-million pounds of bulk trash. At the same time 118 containers were delivered throughout the city to replace cans carried away by monsoon winds. It truly was a multi-department operation. Field Operations rented extra equipment and called out to Water Services and Transportation to assist with staff and equipment for the cleanup. The staff in fleet management also jumped in, making sure if any equipment went out of service, it was repaired quickly. This team effort ensured Glendale met its mission statement, “We improve the lives of the people we serve every day.”

Glendale Director of Field Operations, Michelle Woytenko is available to talk about what made this year so different and break down the number of people and amount of equipment it took to pull off the massive feat of hauling away 6 million pounds of storm waste.

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