City of Omaha officials said Monday that collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste will probably fall behind schedule this week because of hot and humid conditions.

Omaha's waste collection contractor, Deffenbaugh Industries, said the high humidity and temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s can cause health and safety issues for its employees. Deffenbaugh has urged its workers to slow their pace, drink extra fluids and seek shaded areas for rest.

The precautions, along with the training needs of additional workers hired to relieve heat-stressed employees throughout the day, will lead to longer hours and possibly delayed collections, Deffenbaugh said.

Some residences in the Monday service area may remain uncollected tonight, Deffenbaugh said, but employees will report to work early Tuesday to finish Monday collection areas and then continue into the Tuesday sectors. Deffenbaugh asked homeowners to leave out waste and recyclables.

Because the hot conditions are expected to continue through the week, Deffenbaugh said, additional delays may occur.

Residents can report missed collections to the Solid Waste Hotline, 402-444-5238, after 7 p.m. on their normal collection day. Residents may also sign up for e-mail notification of weather-related service delays at join.wasteline.org and check the status of collections at www.wasteline.org.

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