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UPDATE: Due to the observance of Christmas on Monday, garbage collection will be delayed by one day this week.Residents are asked to place their garbage and recycling autocarts out a day later than their normally scheduled pickup day. For example, residents with a Tuesday pickup are asked to place their autocart out on Wednesday.Next week’s collection schedule will also be delayed by a day due to the observance of the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday.Residents who have questions about the schedule can contact Sanitation Department personnel at 208-234-6192.
PREVIOUS RELEASE: For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For employees with the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department, it’s one of their busiest.
From December 26 through December 30, the department will offer its special holiday pickup to accommodate the overflow that comes with the season. Residents are asked to place their extra bags and boxes in the same location as their regular garbage collection. Due to the observance of the Christmas holiday, Monday garbage collection will be delayed by one day. Residents with a Monday pick up are asked to place their autocarts out on Tuesday. Collection will resume as normal on Tuesday.
Citizens are being reminded not to place their Christmas trees out with the extra trash. Starting December 26, the City will be providing drop boxes for tree disposal. The tree boxes will be removed January 10 and this season will see the tree’s end up not in the landfill, but scattered around Pocatello.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is planning to create chips from the trees,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator. “They plan to use the chips for ground cover for the parking lot at the rock climbing area at Lower Ross Park.”
Drop boxes can be found at City Hall-911 N. 7th Ave., Rainey Park-900 South Arthur Ave., and near the entrance to Sister City Park on Pocatello Creek Road. Officials would like to remind residents to remove all ornaments before discarding the tree.
If you have any questions about the collection schedule, extra pickups, or the Christmas tree collection program, please contact the Sanitation Department at 234-6193.