The Flame - October 2012

In this issue:

  • Trash Cart Delivery Starting
  • City Alters Residential Trash Collection for Thanksgiving
  • Fall Safety Tips from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical
  • Transit Asking for Citizen Comments on Night Bus Service

Trash Cart Delivery Starting

From October 15 to November 9 the City of Lawrence will deliver a standard 65-gallon cart to single-family residences. Apartments, commercial properties, and households with dumpster service are not affected at this time.

What You Should Know About the New Trash Carts

If a household already rents a cart from the city, the city will not deliver a new cart. Fill out the online trash cart change request form available at www.lawrenceks.org/carts if:

  • The standard 65-gallon trash cart is not the right size for your household and you would like to switch to a larger or smaller trash cart.
  • You currently rent a trash cart from the city and would like to switch to a different cart size.
  • You would like to receive additional trash carts.

You may also call the city’s Solid Waste Division at 832-3032 or e-mail carts@ lawrenceks.org to request changes.

What to Do with Your Old Trash Containers

As part of the implementation plan for the roll out of the new trash carts for single- family residential customers, the City of Lawrence will offer residents an opportunity to recycle old trash containers.

REUSE. Before you opt to recycle your old trash containers, please consider using the containers for other purposes. Consider using your old trash containers to set out yard waste on Mondays for composting or repurpose your old trash containers by turning them into storage containers.

RECYCLE. On Friday, November 9 and Friday, November 16, city crews will pick up old trash containers and lids for recycling. Mark an “X” on old trash containers and set them out at the curb or alley by 6:00 a.m. Containers must be empty; no trash, please.

NEW! Yard Waste Carts for Sale this Fall

In November, the City of Lawrence will begin selling 95-gallon yard waste carts to be used for Monday yard waste collection days. The yard waste carts are designed with vents to prevent b odors from stored yard waste materials such as grass, leaves, and woody debris. These brown carts are for yard waste collection only; no trash, please. The carts will be sold for $60.

There are several options for residents to use when setting out yard waste for collection on Mondays including cans, city carts, and compostable paper yard waste bags.

The city is offering the new yard waste containers for several reasons:

  • Yard waste carts have a capacity of 330 lbs. (equivalent to six/seven yard waste bags);
  • Easy mobility and wide opening for easy fills;
  • Weatherproof and more durable than paper yard waste bags; and
  • Carts are safer, easier and more efficient for residents and city crews.

Visit www.lawrenceks.org/wrr for more information on the yard waste carts for sale.

City Alters Residential Trash Collection for Thanksgiving

The City of Lawrence is moving its Thursday residential collection day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Only residential customers with regularly scheduled trash day on Thursday will be affected.

Thursday residential customers living north of 23rd Street/Clinton Parkway will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, November 20th and those living south of 23rd Street/Clinton Parkway will have their trash picked up on Wednesday, November 21st.

There will be no residential trash collection on Thursday, November 22nd or Friday, November 23rd. The regular collection schedule will resume the following week.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste Division at 832-3032 or visit www. lawrenceks.org/wrr.

Fall Safety Tips from Lawrence-Douglas Count

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical reminds you to have a safe and happy Halloween!

On Halloween night:

  • When lighting Jack-o’-lanterns, use battery-powered lights - no candles.
  • Keep small children away from open flames.
  • Remove objects from the yard that present a hazard to children (garden tools, hoses, etc.).
  • Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest- season items. Keep them away from sources of heat. Don’t let them block doorways or stairs.
  • Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury.
  • If you are driving on Halloween, watch out for trick-or- treaters who will be too busy to watch out for you.
  • Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it. Discard any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Look for alternative activities in your neighborhood. Churches, community centers, and shopping malls often offer a place where children can have fun and be safe.

Choose the right costume:

  • Use only costumes made of flame-retardant material.
  • Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping. Avoid baggy sleeves and billowing skirts.
  • Costumes should be made of lightly colored materials that can be seen easily. Also, use glow-in the-dark reflective tape on costumes.
  • Masks can obstruct vision. Use make-up instead.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on November 4, the start of Daylight Saving Time. Fresh batteries allow smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

CPSC estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2009 and 2011. Two- thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom. Annually, there is an average of 183 unintentional, non-fire carbon monoxide poisoning deaths. Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer,” because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.

This is why it is important to have working carbon monoxide alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.

Your Opinion Matters...

Transit Asking for Citizen Comments on Night Bus Service

The Lawrence Transit System is considering a pilot project of late night bus service. The service would be available for people traveling during hours when the buses are not operating regular service. Late night buses would run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and would be open to the general public.

The program would be set up as a demand response service, meaning that in order to use it passengers would have to call in advance to schedule trips. Riders who have a set schedule — a regular work shift, for example — would be able to place a standing reservation. That way, they would only have to call to cancel a trip if circumstances arise.

“Over the years, we’ve received lots of requests for service after our regular hours,” said Robert Nugent, transit administrator. “This is an attempt to address some of those concerns, especially those associated with getting to and from work.”

A survey is available online at www.lawrencetransit.org. The public is invited to submit feedback about how the service will be designed and operated.