LUCAS JACKSON REUTERS
Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy break onto homes in Southampton, New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the East Coast, strengthened on Monday after hundreds of thousands moved to higher ground, public transport shut down and the stock market suffered its first weather-related closure in 27 years. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
Hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can have a major impact on the waste and recycling industry. And while industry members can prepare in advance for some natural disasters, others arise unexpectedly and require on-your-feet thinking at a moment’s notice.
Last week, much of the East Coast was affected by Hurricane Matthew, which came up the Atlantic Ocean after it left a path of devastation in the Caribbean. Luckily, communities had plenty of notice about the approximate days and times that the hurricane would hit the U.S. and major waste and recycling companies like Waste Connections, Republic Services, Waste Pro and Waste Management jumped into safety mode and temporarily halted collection services and operations. read more >>