Waste Management has cut its workforce which affects its curbside services. It has temporarily closed customer service call centers. In Battle Creek, all that means curbside yard waste pickup is postponed until further notice.
The department stresses that public safety services continue without interruption. But for non-emergency situations, or where there are no injuries, the department is asking residents to make reports by phone or online.
It was almost customary for drivers to sit in their vehicles while employees at gas stations filled up the tanks of vehicles. That service is coming back for a few hours on Wednesdays at a number of Battle Creek area gas stations.