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Garbage collectors to customers: Bag your trash to help slow coronavirus

Some garbage collection companies in the Johnstown area and across western Pennsylvania are asking their customers to bag up all their trash to help protect their workers from coronavirus.

Advanced Disposal, which has a hauling facility in Somerset and collects trash in Ferndale Borough and Stonycreek Township, Cambria County, says all trash must be bagged.  The company says its workers will no longer collect trash that is not bagged, noting that the Centers for Disease Control has determined that the virus can remain viable for hours or days on a variety materials.

Residents who use trash cans or other containers must bag the trash inside the container, Advanced Disposal said. Grocery bags full of trash will not be collected. Recyclables can remain loose in their bins.