D.C. DPW crews work through wintry weather conditions

WASHINGTON – The D.C. Department of Public Works says trash truck crews managed this weekend to pick up all the trash that had been piling up the past two weeks.

“We had about 30 percent to 40 percent of our collections [that] had been missed during the last two weeks because of icy weather,” says Linda Grant, spokeswoman for the DPW.

Trash truck operators were reluctant to venture into the city’s ice-covered alleys.

Following an order from Mayor Muriel Bowser, nearly 300 personnel were pressed into service this weekend to catch up on trash collection.

Besides DPW personnel, leaf collection employees were called to pitch in, and they joined private contractors and administrative staff in the weekend effort.

DPW spokeswoman Linda Grant says all the missed collections have been picked up.

“We are pretty confident that we did,” she says.

Grant says trash pickup crews worked a 12-hour day Saturday and salt trucks treated alleys Saturday night to smooth the way for trash trucks on Sunday.

She says trash pickup will resume on a normal schedule Monday morning.

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