Jeff McRee, the Division Manager for Republic Services in Boone, has requested that customers bag all loose garbage before placing it curbside in a trash receptacle for pick up.

The request is made to residents and businesses in the Towns of Boone, Jefferson, West Jefferson, Newland, and Banner Elk.

McRee said this is an added measure to protect Republic employees, who are "working hard to provide dependable  trash service for all of our customers."

For additional information, call 828-719-3253 or visit RepublicServices.com.