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Trash pickup resumes in Virginia Beach after COVID-19 suspension

Trash collection was suspended for Friday, April 3 after a waste management worker tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say it will resume on Tuesday, April 7.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach city officials say trash collection will continue on Tuesday, April 7.

This comes after trash pickup was suspended on Friday, April 3 due to a member of the Waste Collections Department testing positive for the novel Coronavirus.

After their investigation into the situation, the Department of Public Health cleared the city's Waste Management Department to resume services starting April 7th.

VB Waste Management Administrator, John Barnes shared how his team is coming together to take extra precautions during this time, especially now that one of their own has contracted the virus. 

"Instead of coming together in a morning meeting, at this point crews come in and go straight out to the trucks. We're not gathering as a group or a team so the delay on Friday was necessary to make sure that the employees were safe. We're cleaning the building, cleaning our trucks and making sure that we have social distancing in place," Barnes said.

City officials want residents to know that the Friday suspension will affect next week's trash collection schedule.

The customers who did not get their trash picked up on Friday will have it picked up on Tuesday. Similarly, if your trash is usually collected on Tuesday, it will be picked up on Wednesday. Wednesday routes will be picked up on Thursday. That routine will continue into Saturday, April 11.

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Even though trash wasn't collected on Friday, recycling was.

Residents can continue to use the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, located at 1989 Jake Sears Road. Normal hours for the landfill are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 

Also available is the SPSA Landstown Transfer Station, located at 1825 Concert Drive. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – noon.

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