Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Residential trash increases under stay-at-home order

Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Published: 05/11/2020 4:12:52 PM

Garbage trucks have seen a significant increase in household waste, even if trading business is declining.

As is to be expected with more people staying at home, the volume of residential pickups has increased, said Matt Peard of Monadnock Disposal Services, while commercial operations have slowed significantly at some non-operational businesses. For those in the garbage haulage business, the differences would have mostly balanced out.

Glinda Horrall, a secretary at MD’s Trash Removal in Milford, which serves towns in southern New Hampshire, said Monday that their residential trash haulage “went crazy”.

In particular, she said, people interested in home cleaning dumpsters.

“We can’t even keep the dumpsters in stock,” she said. “Everyone is at home and tidying up. The amount of garbage is insane. The amount is twice as high. “

On the commercial side, Horrall said, customers like restaurants have in some cases cut trash collection down to once a month. With around 70 percent of their 2,500 customers consisting of residential buildings, the increase elsewhere offsets this loss.

The residents are not just throwing away more trash, said Horrall. They also use their services more for recycling.

MDS, which operates around 30 trucks and employs 40 people, said the problem of garbage transportation has become a sensitive issue nationwide. At a time when many community recycling centers have announced they will not take certain items due to the possible spread of the coronavirus, private garbage haulage companies have largely continued their business as usual, Peard said.

“People are scared,” said Peard. “The less they touch that stuff, the happier they are.”

MD garbage disposal accepts recycling but their employees don’t sort it themselves, Horrall said. Instead, the recycling is transferred to a larger facility for sorting. With multiple local recycling centers restricting the recycling they can accept, more and more are choosing to pay for the service privately.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or [email protected] She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.

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