Burke Centre Urgent Alerts

Urgent Alerts and/or Notices for Burke Centre Conservancy members will be posted here.



(Date: 4/18/19)



Due to a field staffing shortage, the scheduled TRASH and RECYCLE collection for THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 has been delayed until FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019. Please leave items out for collection. We sincerely apologize for any convenience.



Dear Valued Customer:

At American Disposal we value the relationships we have built through the years and are looking forward to a bright future together. We take great pride in the business we have built and the communication we provide to our customers. 

At this time, we wanted to inform you and your community about the shortage in labor force the trash and recycling industry has been experiencing. On a national level, the American Trucking Association reports, the U.S. was short approximately 48,000 drivers in 2015. They also said an estimated 890,000 new hires will be needed over the next decade, with the potential for a shortage of 175,000 drivers in 2024 if the trend continues.

Locally, we are also being impacted. We certainly empathize the inconvenience this may cause, as the potential for delayed services arise. We truly understand this is not ideal, nor a practice that is typical for us, and we sincerely thank you for your patience. While we regret to inconvenience and/or delay services, we are strategically alternating our routes to decrease the overall impact on our customers. If your community has a delay in service, the Conservancy office will be notified by email. In most cases, we’ve been able to service the following day. We remain hopeful, through our daily efforts, that consistency and expected service levels will return soon.

Working on a collection truck is unquestionably challenging, CBS News has reported it as the 5th deadliest job in the world. Despite the labor shortages the industry is facing, our goal to provide the steadfast service you’ve grown to expect from us hasn’t changed. As a company, we are working together on a daily basis to build our labor force. We are holding regular job fairs, hiring all qualified candidates, and will continue our efforts each day to attract individuals to the not-so-glamorous requirements this job entails.

We value your partnership, and thank you for working through this with us.


The American Disposal Team

  • Emergency:   9-1-1

  • Burke Centre Conservancy Office:   703-978-2928

  • Burke Centre Conservancy Emergency After-Hours: 1-866-878-2430

  • Fairfax County Emergency Infoline: 703-817-7771
  • Fairfax County Police NON-Emergency: 703-691-2131

  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  • Trash/Recycling Missed Pickup: 703-368-0500