VB Waste Collections employee tests positive for COVID-19; trash collection to resume on Tuesday

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach Waste Collections employee tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted officials to suspend Friday’s collections to address workplace safety concerns.

“We know it was an inconvenience for our customers and we appreciate the consideration while we made sure our employees were safe,” said Public Works Director Mark Johnson.

The city says waste collection will resume on Tuesday, April 7, on a one-day delay. So, Friday’s customers will get pickup on Tuesday, the Tuesday routes will be collected on Wednesday, the Wednesday routes will be collected on Thursday, the Thursday routes on Friday and Friday routes on Saturday, April 11.

If you normally get recycling service next week, it will follow the above schedule.

City officials announced on Thursday that a member of the Waste Collections Operation had tested positive for COVID-19.

“No additional details will be made available regarding the individual as the City of Virginia Beach will not discuss the medical condition of any employee,” the city wrote in a release.

“We are keenly aware of, and regret, the inconvenience this action imposes on our Friday customers,” said Mark Johnson, director of Public Works, in the news release. “In making the decision, we had to weigh the safety of our workforce against this temporary service disruption and considering the unprecedented situation with the pandemic, we hope our customers would agree it is the right thing to do.”

Residents can continue to use the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center at 1989 Jake Sears Road. Hours at the center are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Residents can also use the SPSA Landstown Transfer Station at 1825 Concert Drive. Those hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.

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