Public Works Keeping Up With Trash Collection at Roots N Blues

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COLUMBIA - Thousands of people will be descending upon Columbia for the Roots N Blues BBQ Festival while 65 teams will be competing for best BBQ. All that activity will make life pretty hectic for Richard Wieman. Wieman is the Solid Waste Utility Manager for Columbia Public Works and has two very long days ahead of him.

Wieman and his team arrived at the festival at 5 a.m. Friday and started setting up at 240 trash barrels around downtown Columbia. Columbia Public Works has been working with Roots N Blues since the festival began to manage trash and recycling during the festival.

"Last year we collected 14 tons of garbage and half a ton of recycling" said Wieman. Wieman added that while half a ton of recycling doesn't seem like too much, plastic is rather light so it was a good number. But festival organizers are expecting more people to attend so Wieman thinks they will pick up even more trash this year.

Wieman and his team of 45 employees will be working overnight to clean up downtown for the next day's festivities. The festival finishes late Saturday night and Wieman says the streets will be clean by 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.

(Amanda Sohaney/KOMU)