Waste management boss Michael Eichner says it will take a year for the company to get through the storm and he hopes for some relief soon.
“We’re doing what we can right now,” Eichners told CBC News.
“There’s a lot of things that we need to get done to make sure that our waste collection, our waste disposal process is as efficient as possible and we are making progress.”
“We have to have a plan and we have to do everything in the next year and a half to make it a little bit better, to make our processes more efficient,” he said.
“And we’re going on a plan to make that happen.”
He says the company is preparing for an emergency that could last for months.
“The storm has really affected our operations,” Echners said.
“We’re not prepared for that and we’re not ready to be ready.”
The Evergreen Waste Management (EWM) has been operating under a strict contract since it was created in January 2018.
That contract expires at the end of the year.
Eichnners says the only way the company can stay in business is if it gets a federal disaster declaration and reopens its doors.
The company says it’s working to reopen its doors and that it’s ready to reopen.
But it’s still unsure if that will happen, especially because of the lack of funds.
“I do hope it happens because the federal government is going to support this, I do hope that it happens,” he says.
“But right now, we’re just trying to get our employees through this, and our facilities are still operating as normal.”
The EWM is operating on an emergency plan, but that has been hit hard by the storms.
Echner says the business has already faced a loss of $100,000 in the past year, and he expects the financial strain to continue for months to come.
“If we are unable to get to a place where we can afford to stay open for the rest of this year and the rest.
And if we can’t do that and if we don’t have the ability to be able to reopen in the future, I would be very concerned,” he explained.”
So, yeah, I’d be very worried.”CBC News spoke with employees at the company, as well as with their managers.
There is a large queue outside the company’s office, and staff say they’re struggling to get out of their cars.
Eichner and his staff are trying to find out how they can re-open, but he says he’s not prepared to make a decision until after the storm.
“Right now, the only thing I’m doing is I’m just working hard, doing what I can, doing the best I can to keep this going,” he concluded.