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The modern world has arrived — no O.R. trash collection on holidays

A City of Oak Ridge press release today reports that our trash collectors are going to start taking holidays — basically, joining the rest of modern workers. Until now, Thanksgiving and Christmas have been the only weekdays when trash wasn’t collected. Starting with July 4, they are also going to get a day off on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Thirty years ago we moved into our new house on Labor Day weekend. We were astonished when the trash collectors arrived Monday morning (Labor Day) to collect our trash. In our previous life in the northern U.S., we were accustomed to service workers getting the day off on days like Labor Day. It’s hardly surprising that the modern innovation of holidays has arrived in East Tennessee, but surprising that it took so long.

After a holiday happens, the trash will still get picked up, but pickups for the rest of the week will be one day later than usual.

Here’s the press release:

Waste Connections, the City of Oak Ridge’s waste contractor, will be expanding their holiday schedule for residential solid waste collection and curbside recycling pick-up to include more holidays as provided for in their contract with the City.
The holiday schedule will now include News Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day in addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Waste Connection’s new holiday schedule will start on Monday, July 4, 2011 (Independence Day).
Saturdays will be used as a make-up collection day for weeks that have a holiday. As this year’s Independence Day falls on a Monday, collection services would not take place until the following day, with Tuesday routes collected on Wednesday and so on with Friday routes being collected on Saturday.
“This eliminates the confusion for residents as to when to set their refuse and recyclables out when a holiday is involved. It will also allow Waste Connections employees to enjoy holidays with their families,” explained Gary Cinder, Public Works Director.
If residents have any additional questions about the new holiday schedule, please contact the Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875.

I hope the trash collectors and their families enjoy having an occasional day off!



  1. Raj says:

    …they prefer being called sanitation workers.
    It is good they get a day off…I guess there is a financial incentive to work on holidays. Some might lose the little extra cash they made.

  2. Ellen Smith says:

    Doh! Today’s Memorial Day 2012! Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood put our recycle carts out by the curb — and presumably put trash out for collection, but the trash and recyclable are going to have to wait until tomorrow. Old habits die hard!

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