The Board of County Commissioners has set the Month of May 2018 as Tire and Refrigeration Amnesty Month at the Pottawatomie County Landfill/Transfer Station. The Landfill/Transfer Station will be open Monday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm. Pottawatomie County residents (No Businesses) may dispose of passenger vehicle tires at no charge and all other tires at half of normal rate. Refrigeration appliances will be accepted at no charge during the month of May. Landfill accepts HHW, oil, batteries, E-Waste, metal and brush daily at No Charge. All other items will be charged regular rates.
All loads are required to be secured or tarped. For more information, contact the Landfill at 785 456-9706...see brochure below.
Trash needs to be out by 7:00 a.m.
Extra pick ups may be set up by calling 785-456-8797 (something more than weekly household trash). This may include small recliner, kitchen chair, dressers, etc. We will not take large appliances or large furniture.
Holidays observed by TriCounty Waste are 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. If your trash day falls on one of these holidays we will run one day late.
Broken Toters can be reported to us by calling 785-456-8777.
Trash needs to be bagged before it is placed in container.
In case of inclement weather, trash may not be picked up on regular trash day. We will get to it as soon as possible.
For the purpose of this posting, the 'Dump' consists of two separate activities. The first is a brush and yard waste drop off site, and the second, is a transfer station for garbage - which is currently being referred to as the Compactor.
The brush and yard waste drop off site will remain open to city residents, regardless of the fate of the Compactor. Right now, even folks outside of the city can discard of yard waste and limbs at the city's facility. There has never been any discussion by the City Commission of closing this part of the dump for city residents, although I believe the State of Kansas could shut it down if it is not well-maintained.
What has been discussed is closing the Compactor. However, for the time being it remains open to city residents/businesses at no cost - so called business as usual. In addition, the City Commission has directed the transfer station attendants to gather data regarding how many people are using the facility, and for what purpose.
Eventually, there will be a charge (per trip, per bulky item, etc.) for those using the Compactor. The city is no longer receiving revenue for refuse collection, thus the people using the Compactor will have to pay their own way. What will the hours be, and how much it will cost per trip (or per bulky item) has not been determined? But the days of unlimited trash disposal (for $15/month) seem to be gone. If it remains open, it will be a so-called pay-per-throw facility.
Moreover, there has been debate amongst the City Commission regarding who should even be allowed to use the Compactor. Should it be limited to city residents, or should anyone who is willing to purchase a 'punch card' be able to use the Compactor. This issue remains unsettled. (The metal bin will also remain open - for no cost, since a little revenue could be generated from this.)
While contemplating the privatizing of the refuse department it was learned that TriCounty will collect almost everything you set out - without question - unless of course you clean out your garage and have a heaping pile of trash. And it isn't that they will not accept the heaping pile of trash, you just need to call ahead and let them know - and, there may be an additional fee. Then again, there will likely be a charge for using the city's Compactor.
One of TriCounty's customers told me that TriCounty picked up a recliner without question, another was able to dispose of a pole with some concrete on the bottom and a birdhouse on the top. But, TriCounty does not accept any yard waste. Fortunately, the Street Department will continue their brush pick up on the first Tuesday of each month, or you can haul your own.
I hope that some of the questions floating around have been answered, although as stated, some matters still remain undecided. Below is a link to the .pdf that is being used to make the punch cards. The second page of the pdf should further help to clarify matters, in regards to the operation of the Compactor.
Also, I would like to thank everyone that has signed up for the Nixle alerts. We started the blog to avoid overusing Nixle - and please feel free to post this on the garage sale Facebook page. Starting next week the blog will be moved to a drop down box under the Alerts tab on the city's website.
Let this be a reminder that the city is no longer picking up trash. The trash service has been privatized and residential pick up will only take place on Tuesday and Friday. Here is a link to the residential information.
This week (March 5th through the 9th) marks the end of the daily residential trash pick up by the city. After today's route (Monday) has been picked up, the Refuse Department employees will be delivering those customers their new trash cans (Toters), if they opted to use them. Therefore, those on the city's Tuesday route will receive their new trash cans on Tuesday afternoon...so on and so forth.
Also, please keep in mind that beginning next week (March 12th through the 16th) residential trash will be only picked up twice a week in the city. You can find your trash day, which will either be Tuesday or Friday, at the link below (page 2).
114 customers have chosen 1 Toter
59 customers have chosen 2 Toters
2 customers have chosen 3 Toters.
Commercial Toters (etc) will also be distributed this week.
TriCounty Waste begins its residential pick up service on Tuesday, March 13th and Friday, March 16th. Residential customers should continue to place their trash in the same location that they are currently placing it.
More information may be found on the city's homepage - www.smks.info, or at the link below: