Rumpke to start hour earlier on brutally hot days

Photo provided by Rumpke Waste & Recycling

Residents should set trash/recycling carts out the night before

COVINGTON, Ky. – You should set your trash and recycling carts out the night before your collection day: On brutally hot days – including starting tomorrow -- the garbage trucks may be driving down Covington streets an hour earlier than usual.

In an effort to protect workers at Rumpke Waste & Recycling from heat-related illnesses like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, the City of Covington has agreed to let Rumpke begin residential and commercial collection at 6 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. on certain days.

“They have a physically demanding job that gets worse when the temperatures soar, so we think this is a reasonable request that will help keep them safe,” said Covington Neighborhood Services Director Brandon Holmes.

The earlier start time would kick in when the OSHA Heat Index is forecast to hit 103 degrees, which is expected to this week. The index takes into account not only air temperature but also relative humidity. It was designed by the U.S. Department of Labor as a guide for companies with employees who work outside in hot weather to protect them.

“Residents should see little change in their service,” Holmes said.

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