HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - If you live in Huntsville, you've got extra time to get your green trash cart to the curb.
City trash pickup is delayed two days because of the severe cold weather. It turns out the cold is causing equipment failures for the sanitation department. Crews were unable to complete many of their regular Monday routes today.
Kelly Schrimsher, Director of Communications for the City of Huntsville, said the cold weather caused brake failures in the trucks, and the hydraulic fluid in the trucks is freezing too, which is what operates the arm to lift the carts. Garbage lids were also frozen shut.
Trash pickup is now suspended for the rest of today and is canceled for tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 7. It will resume as follows:
-Monday pickup moves to Wednesday, Jan. 8
-Tuesday pickup moves to Thursday, Jan. 9
-Wednesday pickup moves to Friday, Jan. 10
-Thursday pickup moves to Saturday, Jan. 11
Temperatures are expected to be warmer on Wednesday. Sanitation crews ask you to please check your garbage bin to make sure the lid isn't frozen shut, in order to speed up service.