This year saw unexpected snowstorms for many parts of Texas, some of which shut down cities for days. Many major cities were without power and water, and many roads were too covered in snow or ice to drive much. Snow is not a common occurrence in Texas, but the past winter has shown that it is possible here. For this reason, it’s important to know what to expect from your trash disposal in the midst of extreme weather like a snowstorm. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in such a situation in coming winters:

Watch Out For Schedule Changes

When roads are slick with ice, it might not be safe for your trash and recycling company to drive out to collect trash on the usual day. For this reason, if you experience extreme weather, check the website or social media for any updates of possible schedule changes. Not every trash and recycling company updates their online presence frequently, so it might be a good idea to call and ask if there will be any schedule changes just to be safe. Make sure to do this before dragging your bins out to the curb.

Bring Your Bins To the Curb On the Day Of

Most homeowners prefer to take their bins out to the curb the night before they need to be picked up, to save themselves the trouble of having to remember it in the morning. This is a good philosophy for the most part, but might not be the best plan in the midst of snowy weather. Snowstorms can decrease visibility, and it tends to be colder at night than it is in the morning. This can make the job uncomfortable at best and hazardous at worse. It could also mean that by morning, snow will have piled all around the trash. Instead, make a reminder for yourself in the evening to take the bins out in the morning, once the sun is up.

Keep Your Bins Away From the Edge

With winter storms and icy roads comes snow plows. The point of snow plows is to help return life to normal sooner by removing copious amounts of snow from the road. But their massive shovel can spell trouble for your trash and recycling bins. If your bins are placed too close to the road or are difficult to see, a snow plow can easily knock them over, damaging the bin and knocking trash everywhere. Make sure your bins have enough space away from the road, and that they’re easy to see so that snow plows can avoid them.

The snow is past us now, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the future. Whether rain, sun, or snow, Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling has you covered. Contact us today to learn more about our weekly trash pickup and complimentary recycling service.