SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - When many people think about essential businesses they think of grocery stores and pharmacies.
But, what many tend to forget about are garbage collectors.
Without garbage collectors, health risks sky rocket.
Gill Hauling Garbage Collection Services is one of several businesses sticking to a nearly normal routine.
Managers say it's out of necessity.
Employees are following CDC orders of social distancing, and they're taking extra precautions when it comes to personal hygiene.
But requirements dealing with uniforms and general safety were put to use long before the start of the pandemic.
"We have implemented some additional PPE requirements, but our guys are in the midst of this work anyway, handling garbage and waste, so they have their gloves, and other PPE that they're already using," said Safety Officer Roger Bentz.
It is recommended, if you aren't already doing so, to bag your garbage. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and many other health risks.