MUNROE FALLS - Kimble Recycling & Disposal Inc. announced they will adjust their routes and schedules to collect the large increase in residential waste volumes.

The changes are due to the COVID-19-related governmental declarations of emergency and regulations as well as the stay at home order and potential COVID-19 related labor shortages.

"We are taking precautionary steps and asking our customers to make the necessary changes, to allow us to focus on the essential business of solid waste collections," said president Keith Kimble. "We are asking for the cooperation of our customers to minimize the disruptions to essential services."

Effective April 13, the following changes will be implemented to protect Kimble workers and avoid service disruptions.

Solid Waste: Fit all materials into the Kimble provided waste cart, leaving no materials on the ground to be loaded by hand. Collection will occur as usual. For customers whose service does not include a waste cart, limit your trash to a maximum of three 30-gallon sealed bags.

Recycling (where applicable): Fit all recycle items in the Kimble provided recycle cart, leaving no materials on the ground to be collected by hand. Include only clean paper, cardboard, metal cans and #1 and #2 plastic containers and jugs. (See website at www.kimblecompanies.com for acceptable recyclable items.) Collection will occur as usual.

Bulk items: Temporarily hold bulk items that require hand loading, such as sofas, mattresses, appliances, toilets and other bulky items. Items that can be broken or disassembled and placed in the Kimble waste cart, will be collected.

Yard Waste: As a non-essential waste stream, residents are asked to suspend placing yard waste at the curb in excess of what fits in the Kimble waste cart or as part of the three 30-gallon solid waste sealed bags, for those customers without waste carts. Consider options such as composting, taking the materials to a community collection point or holding until a later time.

"We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and developing plans that can be implemented to continue to respond to this public health emergency," Kimble said. "These measures will be implemented as needed to protect the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities we serve. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through these difficult times together."