Disaster Preparedness – Debris Removal with Waste Management’s Bagster

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They’re the types of services you rarely think about until they’re truly needed. Much like electricity for your home or gasoline in your vehicle, most North Carolina residents may take their garbage and recycling collection or even debris removal for granted under ordinary circumstances, but after a severe storm or hurricane, these are the services vital to beginning the recovery and revitalization process.

“Following a powerful hurricane strike, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the removal of debris and the reliable return of its most vital services,” said Randall Essick, manager for Waste Management of North Carolina. “That’s why we spend a lot of time in the weeks and months prior to the start of hurricane season focusing within our company on annual hurricane preparation and recovery planning.”

Each year, Waste Management staff review their local plans, re-establish contact with local emergency authorities, and inspect and re-stock their hurricane preparedness equipment and supplies. All this and more is to ensure that employees are able to return to performing their very essential collection jobs in the community as soon as practical following a storm.

A new introduction in Waste Management’s mix of hurricane preparedness and recovery services this year is the Bagster bag. An innovation in waste removal, Bagster is ideal in situations where there is a need to discard more debris than can fit in a typical bin or garbage receptacle, but not enough to require a dumpster. Bagster® bags are strong enough to hold 3,300 pounds of severe storm and hurricane debris items, such as tree stumps, large tree limbs, roofing shingles, full sheets of plywood and sheetrock.

“After a significant storm blows through a community, there are few more welcome signs of things getting back to normal than seeing North Carolinians begin the rebuilding process,” said Essick. “Once public safety is restored, Bagster® allows residents to begin work on their clean-up and restoration efforts quickly, use the bag for as long as they want, then simply call Waste Management to schedule an effortless and prompt pickup.”

As part of its hurricane planning and pre-storm preparation, Waste Management puts its hurricane response plan into action as soon as a storm becomes a verified threat to the area.

In addition to the introduction of Bagster, Waste Management’s investment in emergency and storm recovery preparedness includes stockpiling of supplies and needed rapid-response equipment, including communications technologies and response vehicles. The effort includes mobile “command centers” that include overnight functionality plus satellite voice and data-enabled systems. These are stationed in Georgia and Texas but are mobilized to be accessible anywhere in the Southeast following a storm’s impact.

The company also issues public advisories about storm preparation. These include:
• Encouraging all residents and businesses to secure their garbage cans and other trash containers in a safe location
• Reminders about preventing debris from becoming hazards to homes and automobiles during high win
• Guidance on separating household garbage from storm debris after a major storm strikes and tips on safe and proper disposal using a Bagster bag or other products and services

After a storm, Waste Management also works to restart waste and recycling collection and operations as soon as possible on streets that are passable. Reminders to separate household garbage from storm debris are issued. The company expands its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments.

“Our value to a community is not always apparent unless collection stops,” said Essick. “Doing everything we can to prepare before and return to service and help local residents recover after a crisis is what being a good community partner is all about.”

Locations in Charlotte and surrounding areas where Bagster bags are sold, include:
Location
Address
Phone Number
The Home Depot
1220 N Wendover Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-1291
Blackhawk Hardware
4225 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 525-2682
The Home Depot
4750 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 522-8383
The Home Depot
8135 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213
(704) 596-1550
The Home Depot
9501 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 535-6982
The Home Depot
10210 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134
(704) 544-2877
The Home Depot
1837 Matthews Township Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 845-9200
The Home Depot
14310 Rivergate Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28273
(704) 504-9836
The Home Depot
5415 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 814-6131
The Home Depot
4245 Main St, Harrisburg, NC 28075
(704) 455-7900
Indian Trail Ace Hardware
205 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 821-9448
The Home Depot
17111 Statesville Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 987-0490
The Home Depot
2870 E Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28056
(704) 865-9532
Ace Hardware & Garden Center
20510 N Main St, Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 892-7651
Locust Lumber
1709 Airport Rd, Monroe, NC 28110
(704) 289-8441
Morrison Brothers Building Center
267 Corban Ave SW, Concord, NC 28025-5155
(704) 792-2222
The Home Depot
2815 Home Depot Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 909-2420
Southgate Masonry
3535 Us Highway 601 S, Concord, NC 28025-0473
(704) 786-9226

About Waste Management, Inc.
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.comor www.thinkgreen.com. Bagster is provided by WM Bagco, LLC, a Waste Management company. Collection services provided by a local operating subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. Bagster, Dumpster in a Bag, BUY. FILL. GONE., and Take It On are marks of WM Bagco, LLC. To learn more visit www.wm.comor www.thebagster.com.

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