HUDSON — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s preferred trash hauler is temporarily suspending its recycling pickup and some other collection services starting Monday, April 6.

Republic Services is still planning to continue residential solid waste collection, but will make the following changes to its services to try to reduce the amount of employee contact with potentially contaminated materials to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread:

1. Recycling collection is temporarily suspended: Republic will use recycle trucks to support the volume increases seen by the trash collection drivers. Residents can use their recycling container for overflow of trash volumes during this time. All recycling containers placed at the curb will be dumped by the trash trucks and the materials will be hauled to the landfill.

2. Residential trash set-out is limited to "cart contents only": Only the residential solid waste cart should be placed at the curb, unless the recycling container is being used as an overflow bin for trash. Recycling containers placed at the curb will be dumped by the trash trucks and the materials will be hauled to the landfill.

3. Bulk items collection services is temporarily suspended: Postponing this less critical service will free up Republic’s resources and assets to focus on the priority of solid waste collection.

4.Yard waste collection is temporarily suspended: Much of this material can be composted or, at least stored for a future date when it can be collected and properly disposed of.

These changes will go into effect on Monday, April 6, and continue until further notice.

"Almost all sorting facilities are closing nationwide due to the potential contracting of COVID-19 from touching the materials," said Hudson city spokesperson Jody Roberts. "We are not aware of other options for recycling at this time."