A trash company that's made headlines in our area over the last few years has put an end to their local operation. National Waste Services has declared bankruptcy and as of Friday, their crews are no longer hauling trash.
That action has left towns across the Valley to find someone else to pick up the waste of local residents on very short notice. Towns across Page and Rockingham counties that used National Waste Services were sent scrambling to find a new hauler.
"We had to hustle and our public works staff made numerous calls," said Bridgewater Town Superintendent Bob Holton.
Bridgewater officials moved quickly to keep the town's trash collection on schedule. "It won't be interrupted," said Holton. "Trash will be collected next week, as will recycling."
Like Bridgewater, the town of Stanley was also able to line up a new hauler. Trash will be picked up there on Wednesday.
Elkton is also planning to stay on schedule, while Dayton and Shenandoah are still searching for help. They plan to notify residents of any changes next week.
Bridgewater officials say they're lucky things worked out as well as they did. "We were just fortunate to find someone to meet our needs at a price we were able to pay," said Holton.
NWS plans to lay off 35 people thanks to the shut down. They'll also be collecting waste containers and auctioning off equipment over the next few weeks.