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UPDATE: Lompoc trash pickup resumes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 22:25:03-04

UPDATE (June 23) - Lompoc city leaders announced Tuesday that the Solid Waste Division was cleared to continue normally scheduled service.

City officials said moving forward, trash, recycling, and green waste pickup will continue on its regular schedule unless test results require staff to quarantine.
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(June 22, 2020) - Trash, recycling and green waste pickup in Lompoc will be delayed after a positive COVID-19 test came back in the City of Lompoc Sanitation Division, officials say.

The City has not said who within the division tested positive, but did say all sanitation drivers must undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to work in an effort to "protect the safety of the community and City staff."

The decision will impact trash, recycling and green waste pickup and other sanitation services on Tuesday since those services will not be offered, but the city says the Lompoc Landfill will be open.

It's not yet known if impacts to sanitation services could last longer.

"Refuse pickup is automated, and so there is little risk that residents' refuse containers were contaminated during sanitation service. However, the City of Lompoc recommends periodic disinfecting of refuse containers during this pandemic as a safety practice," the City said.

Officials say residents can put their trash in recycling or green waste containers until trash is able to be picked up.