Commentary

KNOW YOUR CITY

Trash pickup one day late next two weeks
Kelvin Knauf
City Manager

City offices, except public safety personnel, will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Since Christmas is on Tuesday, trash collection for the week will be pushed back one day.

Since New Year’s Day is on Tuesday,all other scheduled services for the week will be pushed back one day.

Since the holidays tend to generate more trash, your trash may not be picked up at its regular time but the trash company will pick up your trash on the above days.

Holidays also tend to generate more cooking as families prepare for the festivities.

TheCityofRockdaleurges residents to not pour grease, fats, or cooking oil down the drain.

The oil can clog the wastewater line in your home and may clog the sewer mains in the system. These clogs can cause sewer backups into homes or businesses or overflows of untreated wastewater over fields, parks, yards and/or streets.

The following are tips on the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG):

• Never pour FOG into your sink or toilet. Instead, pour them into a can (such as a coffee can), then place a lid over the top and store the can and reuse it until full. When the can is full, throw it in the trash.

• When there is FOG left in a pan or on a dish, wipe it with a paper towel before washing and throw that towel in the trash.

• Place a strainer in the kitchen sinkdraintocatchfoodscraps and other solids, and then empty the strainer into the trash. The holidays also present potential safety hazards.

Be careful with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.

Always place candles where they will not be knocked over and do not leave the house with candles burning.

Unattended cooking can lead to kitchen fires so remember to keep an eye on the stove when entertaining visitors. Buy toys that are appropriate fortheageofthechild. Buying toys intended for older children may have parts that could choke younger children.

Poinsettias are known to be hazardous to humans and animals so be sure and keep them out of reach.

Watch children and pets around space heaters or the fireplace so that they do not get burned.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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