Update from WCA Waste Regarding Garbage and Recycling Collection in Response to COVID-19

At WCA, our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of our customers and staff during an evolving situation. Last night, we learned that one of our drivers has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  As a precaution, the helpers and other drivers who have been in close contact with this driver have been quarantined.

How Will This Affect Your Service?

WCA provides an essential service for the Houston Metroplex and our mission is to provide the best service possible to our communities. For now, our priority will shift to collect the putrescible waste first.  This is the material that begins to breakdown and decompose first in the Houston heat.

This means that residents need to separate their putrescible waste from their bulk waste to ensure proper and timely collection.  A two-bag maximum for bulk, per home, will be picked on your scheduled service day.  WCA/VF Waste Services will not be collecting carpet or construction materials as regular collection related to this event.

Recycle Services:

Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Until Further Notice

  • We are suspending recycle service for the greater Houston area.

Please Note: Suspended services due to this event will not be made up or pushed to another service day.

WCA/VF Waste services made these decisions due to the severity of the conditions, and safety concerns to our community and the WCA family.  We thank you for your partnership and for your patience and continued trust in WCA/VF Waste Services.

Please take care and be safe throughout the remainder of this event.

Sincerely,

WCA/VF Waste Services Municipal Department

Please Note: If you have any questions please call or email customer service:

WCA Coronavirus Update

Effective March 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Important Communication

WCA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH SOME BACK OFFICE MODIFICATONS IN PLACE TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR CUSTOMERS.

WCA is closely following the recommendations of the CDC on social distance, travel bans, school closures, quarantines and event cancellations. As such, we’ve decided to modify our front office operations in order to protect employees and minimize the risk to spread COVID-19 to our customers.

WCA will take the following precautionary measures:

  • Effective March 17, 2020 non-essential WCA employees will telecommute, or work from home to follow the CDC recommendation of social spacing
  • Access to our offices will be restricted
  • Payments will be accepted over the phone, online and by mail
  • Regular trash, recycling, and disposal service will continue but you may see delays
  • Limit person-to-person contact
  • Essential operations will be at the office to monitor our hauling, landfills, and transfer stations duties for all of your waste needs.

Next steps for our customers:

  • Monitor our Facebook and COVID-19 pages for updates
  • Please, be kind to contain all waste within closed garbage bags
  • Carry on with your landfill and transfer station needs on our site locations.

WCA will continue to serve your community as always. However, we want to make sure you are aware that our regular trash service will continue but you may see delays. We have developed business continuity plans that will remedy any foreseeable business challenges that may occur.

We appreciate the flexibility of our employees and the understanding of our customers during this unprecedented situation. We will provide updates as they come available, please check back to our website.

Stay safe,

WCA Management

POSTPONED: HCFCD Public Meeting on Champions Stormwater Detention Basin/Raveneaux Acquisition

In an abundance of caution and in line with other City of Houston and Harris County agencies, the Harris County Flood Control District has postponed the Public Meeting originally scheduled for March 31 in connection with the Champions Stormwater Detention Basin project and Raveneaux property acquisition. All other Flood Control District Community Engagement and Public Meetings for the month of March 2020 also have been postponed.

Please help us get the word out to others who might be interested, and please visit the project webpage for project updates and future meeting information.

https://www.hcfcd.org/Find-Your-Watershed/Cypress-Creek/Champions-Stormwater-Detention-Basin-K500-24-00

WCA Update

WCA is currently experiencing difficulties with their operating systems and in some cases phone service. Normal collection service may be delayed and communication may be limited while they work to restore their normal operations. WCA appreciates your patience and will provide updates as they come available.

Our Water is Safe to Drink

The surface water supply of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority (the “Authority”) was not affected by City of Houston’s major water line break on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

There will not be a boil water notice issued by the Authority to its customers at this time.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (the “TCEQ”) requires that a boil water notice be issued if the water pressure in a public water system falls below the minimum requirement. The surface water the Authority receives from the City of Houston is conveyed from a different water treatment plant via a separate transmission line which never lost its pressure from the major line break.

In addition, the Authority monitors and tests the quality of the water frequently after it reaches the Authority’s facilities to ensure the integrity of the water we provide to our customers.

Raveneaux Country Club Acquisitions Information

The Harris County Flood Control District closed on the purchase of the Raveneaux Country Club on January 30, 2020. The final purchase price for 27.63 acres of land was $11,496,427.20, which is also the current appraised value for the property.

The final deal includes a leaseback on the 27.63 acres, allowing the Club to continue operating for up to one year.

The Flood Control District will begin discussions with the Cypress Forest Public Utility District in February regarding an agreement to acquire the remaining acreage that primarily makes up the golf course.

Community engagement meetings are being planned for late March.

More information…

Temporary Closure of Walking / Bike Path

Cypress Forest Public Utility District will temporarily close the walking/bike path under the Champion Forest Bridge as Harris County Engineers will reconstruct the water outfall from Champion Forest Drive to Cypress Creek. It is expected the construction will begin January 6 and last 6 to 8 weeks weather permitting.

Countywide General Acquisition

Findings and Declarations

WHEREAS, Commissioners Court of Harris County, Texas, has received and reviewed the survey(s) of property to be acquired for the public project known as Countywide General Acquisition 21 OO-OO-OO-R008, UPIN 20090021 ROOS, in Harris County, Texas (referred to herein as “the Project”), and the Harris County Real Property Division on behalf of the Harris County Flood Control District is authorized to acquire 15 tracts.

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