PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Due to the forecast snow accumulations, the Philadelphia Streets Department has announced Tuesday trash and recycling collections have been suspended.

The Streets Department says they will deploy 230 pieces of equipment overnight to treat the streets and sanitation trucks will be outfitted with plows to help with snow operations.

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Residents with Tuesday as their collection day must set out their materials next Tuesday, Feb. 25. For those citizens whose Monday collections were not taken, please leave them out to be picked up on Wednesday.

The Streets Department says collections for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday should be set out on their regularly scheduled collection day curbside.

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Rear driveway pickups are still suspended for the week and materials must be set at the curb to be collected. During snow events, citizens should expect delays as snow and ice can hamper crews’ efforts.

Citizens are urged to employ the following tips for successful snow and ice management:

  • Apply commercial de-icer to your stairs and sidewalks early.
  • Allow extra time while driving and maintain safe driving distances
  • Do not throw snow back in the street.
  • Shovel a path of 36 inches (3ft.) within six hours of the end of a storm.
  • Use caution when navigating over bridges and overpasses where slippery spots may develop.
  • Residents should park their cars at least 20-ft. from street corners to allow our salt and plow trucks to turn the corners to treat all streets.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors and family.
  • Stay tuned to local media for further updates for weather and traffic reports.
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