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Columbia solid waste employees exposed to COVID-19

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The Columbia/Boone County Health Department confirmed Saturday several solid waste employees, as well as several employees of the temporary staffing agency used to collect recycling and trash, were exposed to COVID-19.

Those employees will be placed in isolation, causing changes to residential curbside recycling and trash collection during the week of May 25.

According to a release from the city, the number of staff affected is enough to prevent them from being able to collect both trash and recycling from residential curbside customers. As a result, staff will shift their focus to normal trash collection.

Collection dates will be delayed one day due to the Memorial Day holiday.

There will not be curbside residential recycling during the week of May 25.

Staff will collect normal trash but will not collect bulky items like furniture or appliances.

The city said there could be more updates at a later date regarding collections. It is possible collection could be affected beyond May 30.

Customers can take recycling to drop off points listed below:

  • Columbia College Dulany Hall (near 8th Street and Hickman Avenue)
  • Columbia College Wrightman Building (south end of Pannell Street)
  • The Armory (north parking lot at 7th Street and Park Avenue)
  • 10th Street and Cherry Street (south side of the Cherry Street Parking Structure)
  • Home Depot (3215 Clark Lane)
  • Moser’s on Keene (900 North Keene Street)
  • Moser’s Supermarket (705 West Business Loop 70)
  • 3601 South Providence Road (outer road north of Nifong)
  • State Farm Parkway (on Nifong just east of Grindstone)
  • University of Missouri (Bluford Hall on Kentucky Avenue)
  • University of Missouri (Shurz Hall on Ashland Road east of College Avenue)
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