Trash, Recycling, Bulk Services to be Suspended Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Many people wrote in about this very sad incident last week. From the reports I’ve seen it’s not clear if they have a suspect. All I can say is that it is one more case of senseless violence in our city.

But I did want to share the news that services have been suspended for tomorrow.

From a DDOT press release:

The DC Department of Public Works will suspend trash, recycling and bulk collection on Thursday, October 21, to allow sanitation staff to attend funeral services for Larry Hutchins, a 24-year DPW employee who was shot and killed while preparing for duty on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.

All Thursday trash and recycling collections, including once-a-week collections, will slide to Friday and Friday’s collection will be picked up on Saturday. Any bulk collections scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled and those residents will be notified accordingly.

“DPW is mourning the loss of a cherished employee,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “Our solid waste employees will join the rest of the DPW family to pay their respects to Mr. Hutchins and his family on Thursday. I want to thank everyone—Mayor Adrian Fenty, the Council of the District of Columbia, the residents we serve, the media and our fellow colleagues—for their support during this time and patience during the brief interruption of these services.”

8 Comment

  • 3…2…1…let the bitching begin by someone on this…

  • It’s the least we can do. I called 311 last week to complain that two trash collections were missed (combination of the holiday and the murder), and felt terrible for it when I found out the reason.

  • Is that why this morning they put recycling and trash in the same truck?

  • If the Army did this, it would end warfare.

  • Absolute proof the insane power DC workers unions have is out of control.

  • I really wonder how many people are gonna actually show up to the funeral and how many would be at home sleeping, maybe watching judge joe brown or at a bar.. dont think anyone can be that popular that the whole frickin dept shows up to the funeral

  • So every trash worker knew this one dude? Give me a break.

  • When one of my colleagues died, the organization gave everyone who wanted to attend his funeral the time off. They even paid for plane tickets to the funeral location for the people he worked with most closely.
    I applaud the DPW for their attempt at giving closure to those who need it, and am happy to wait one extra day for trash pickup. Sanitation workers have a hard job, and to begrudge them a little perk like this in a bad moment is kind of jerky.

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