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Stories Added - November 2009
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Municipal Court cracks down on outstanding warrants
Houston County Courier -  November 2009

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

During the regular meeting of Crockett City Council on Monday, Nov. 2, City Administrator Ron Duncan said the city was going to crack down on residents that failed to properly recycle.
Duncan said the city was in the process of preparing an article for publication that would serve as a warning about the city’s intentions and how they planned to deal with those who did not recycle properly.
He added that on the week before Thanksgiving the city would begin tagging bags of trash not properly recycled and just leave them on the curb. Items not properly recycled by residents will not be collected by the city.
Duncan said when people do not recycle properly it affects the rates the city has to pay at the landfill.
Residents who continue to improperly recycle could face a citation from the Houston County/City of Crockett Refuse Control Officer.
According to Duncan, the collection of refuse at a business is handled differently than private residences. Some businesses use roll-off-yard containers while others use trash receptacles and recycle bins.
Businesses are encouraged to participate in recycling by separating their trash containing food from customary recyclables.
When a new resident or business opens a water account and garbage account they are provided detailed information regarding the city’s policies on recycling.

Customers are required to place trash to the curb no later than 7 a.m. on collection days.
The city does not collect bricks, concrete, concrete blocks, car parts, large metal objects, dirt, rocks, any product containing Freon, or any earthen material.
The city also does not collect construction material placed at the curb, including items such as boards, sheet rock, carpet and padding, roofing material or wire. 
These items maybe dropped off at the recycling center / transfer station for a fee. 
Freezers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and any product containing Freon will not be accepted. Drivers are not responsible for debris that falls onto the ground or torn bags unless the bags are torn by the personnel picking up the trash.  Bags already torn or scattered by animals or other means will not be picked up.  Residential Garbage pickup days are M-T-TH-F as shown below: 

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

1. Can I take materials to the recycling center after regular business hours?
No. However, City residents may drop off materials at the recycling center from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2. What types of items are accepted through the curbside recycling program?

1. Newspaper, magazines and office paper - Slick advertising inserts and junk mail are also acceptable. Items should be clean and dry. Contaminated paper cannot be recycled.
2. Cardboard - Acceptable items include corrugated cardboard, as well as items such as cereal boxes, shoeboxes, soda boxes and paper towel and tissue rolls. Items should be clean, dry and flattened. Remove all packing material. All cardboard must be flattened and placed at the curb for Wednesday pickup. Commercial customers will be picked through out the week depending on you route and schedule.
3. Aluminum and steel cans - Cans only. Rinse and place into the recycling container. Labels do not have to be removed.
4.  Plastics #1 and #2 - Items include milk jugs, as well as water, soda, detergent and juice bottles. Look on the container for a #1 or #2 inside a triangle. Remove lids and rinse out items before placing into the recycling container. 

3. What day is limb/recycling pick-up?

Limbs and recycling items for residential customers are picked up on Wednesday. Limbs must be no longer than three feet, bundled and tied. Limbs cannot be bigger than 3 inches in diameter. Commercial customers are picked up throughout the week depending on route and scheduled pickup.

4. What type of plastics do we recycle?

The City of Crockett Recycling Center accepts only plastic #1 and #2. The number can usually be found on the bottom of the container in a small triangle.

5. Does the city recycle Styrofoam?

No. Styrofoam is not recyclable at the city's facility as part of our recycling program.

6. Does the city take old tires?

Auto and Small Truck tires may be turned in at the Recycling Center on normal business days for a $ 2./tire service charge. prices on large truck and heavy equipment tires vary.  Call the recycling center for more information.

 7. Does the city accept old paint?
The city cannot accept paint. However, here is how to dispose of your old paint. Once the paint is dried it is no longer hazardous. Residents may leave the can open for the paint to dry or pour the paint onto paper and let it dry, and then it is acceptable at a landfill. If you need to dry out the paint, mix in some dirt or kitty litter. Then let dry. Close container and dispose with your household trash.

8. How does the city accept needles or medical waste?

Just place the needles in a stick proof container, such as soda bottle, coffee can or water bottle and place in the trash. Red bagged medical waste cannot be picked up.

9. Does the city take used motor oil and oil filters?

Yes. However, city residents only and it must be five gallons or less. There is a special dispenser at the recycling center drop-off site for used motor oil. The site is accessible by the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

10. Does the city recycle plastic oil containers?

No. The end users of the city's plastics do not accept the oil residue. After emptying oil containers drain thoroughly and place in the trash.

11. Are milk cartons recyclable?

No. Milk cartons and other wax-coated cardboard containers are not recyclable. Please dispose of these containers with your household garbage.

12. Does the city accept pizza cartons?

Yes, if the pizza carton is clean of food residue and is not wax-coated.







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