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Yard waste and garbage collection was interrupted by multiple employees of Republic Services either positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine.

 Some customers of Republic Services noticed a lapse in service last week. Officials with Holly and Fenton fielded calls from frustrated residents who complained that some of their yard waste or trash had not been picked up.

 The Times received a response from Republic Services to explain the situation. “Republic Services is experiencing temporary delays in yard waste collections. There are two reasons for these delays. First, there has been a tremendous

increase in the volume of yard waste at the curb over the last few weeks. Two weeks of overnight freezing temperatures caused leaves to fall, and then residents took advantage of two warm weekends to clean up all those leaves, leading to significantly more yard waste than usual.

 “At the same time, Republic has had a number of drivers out of work due to COVID positive tests or quarantines. Replacement drivers from out of the area are helping fill in, but they are new to the routes in our area and aren’t able to complete them as quickly.

 “Republic is working to get caught up on yard waste collections as quickly as possible and expects to be delayed for about a week and a half. We ask that residents leave their yard waste at the curb, as collections may be on a day other than the regular service day. We also have added a Saturday collection to help get caught up.

 “Republic Services apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks residents for their understanding.”

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