Huntsville Trash Pickup Delayed 2 Days Due to Cold Weather

Posted on: 1:15 pm, January 6, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:27pm, January 7, 2014

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.


  • Revconguy says:

    According to my googling, hydraulic fluid freezes at between -55F to -70F. If the hydraulic fluid is frozen, how come my car brake fluid isn’t frozen?

    • Gary Taber says:

      Brake problems with these trucks….yes, indeed. Any moisture within the air brake system will be frozen causing lack of proper air pressure! If at least 75 to 80 psi can’t be maintained, those trucks cannot move.

  • Sean Kassebaum says:

    Does this schedule include County residents or just Huntsvillians?

  • skillpot says:

    Does this delay include garbage pick up for Tuesday?

  • Dave says:

    If the cold is such a problem, how do nothern cities handle it?.
    The Sanitation Dept. can do better!

    • ??? says:

      So you would like the City of Huntsville to spend money for equipment or facilities to handle cold weather like this when it happens once or twice a decade, instead of just delaying the pick up for two days.

      • Bo says:

        Cities are susposed to be parpared. This is not a one time occurance, other wise why would they stockpile salt?

  • Bob says:

    It’s two days.
    Calm yourselves.

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