Can you imagine a garbage-filled bonfire on your front lawn?
No s’mores and campfire songs here! Garbage and recycling trucks catch fire – and far too often! In this year alone, Waste Management has battled more than 150 truck fires company-wide. And you may be surprised to find out the main culprit: Residents and business employees unwittingly putting highly flammable items in their trash cans.
If you put anything flammable like batteries, paint thinners, gasoline, pool chemicals, lighter fluid, or other hazardous material in your trash, you are putting yourself, your community and our drivers at serious risk.
Many people think, “it’s just one little battery, what could it harm?”
Imagine everyone on your street tossed in a few batteries with the weekly trash, the neighbors behind you put in several cans of old paint and paint thinner and four blocks away a person added pool cleaner and gasoline to the mix. With our compaction system to crush trash as we move through the day, those batteries have punctured and the containers those flammable liquids were in have smashed – and all those dangerous materials are now mingling together. Whoosh, the truck goes up in flames!
No one wants to put lives or property at risk. Let’s keep our community safe by keeping our containers free of all hazardous materials.
As a reminder, these items are NOT allowed in your waste containers:
- Aerosol cans
- Batteries (Auto or Small Device)
- Chemical Products (e.g., cleaners, pool chemicals)
- Construction Debris
- Electronics (e.g., TV, computers, radios)
- Flammables (e.g., gasoline, lighter fluid, propane)
- Fluorescent Lights/Tubes
- Hazardous Waste
- Liquids of any kind
- Medical Waste
- Needles(e.g., syringes)
- Paint and Thinners
- Radioactive Materials
- Any Types of Oil Including Oil Rags
With dry conditions and little chance of measureable moisture in the near future we remind everyone to use extreme caution when conducting any type of outside burning. Please insure that you have sufficient manpower, water, and equipment to control the fire, this is your responsibility. You must monitor your fire until it is completely extinguished. We have had numerous out of control grass fires, burning without a permit and burning on “NO BURN DAYS”.
Anyone burning in Osage County is required to have a burn permit in all unincorporated areas (outside city limits–check with your city for regulations on burning). You may obtain a burn permit at the following locations:
- City offices at Carbondale, Scranton, Osage City, Overbrook, Melvern, and Burlingame, Quenemo
- Fire Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
- Osage County Clerks, Land Development, Sheriff’s, Extension, Emergency Management, and USDA Service Center Office in Lyndon.
Burn permits are valid for four (4) years from the time of issue. You must contact the Osage County Sheriff Dispatch Center at 785 828 3121 before starting a burn and after your fire is completely extinguished.
More information and electronic burn permit applications can be found on the Osage County Web Site under the Emergency Management tab at http://www.osageco.org or by contacting Osage County Emergency Management at 785 828 3323 or [email protected]
Emergency Management Osage County
131 W. 14TH ST. P.O. Box 423
LYNDON, KANSAS 66451-0423
February 13, 2018
With this cold weather, please allow water to drip through your faucet and pipes at a moderate pace. Expose pipe to warm air by opening cabinet doors, especially for those on an outside wall. Eliminate drafts and cold air into basements and crawl spaces. Protect pipes in unheated areas with insulation or heat tape.
Hello from your Waste Management Local Team
We understand weather events are inconvenient and thank you in advance for your understanding. To help our customers better understand our commitment to safety, we have included a brief list of winter weather facts and tips on how you can help us service you better during winter months.
It is important to understand our vehicles are different from yours, weighing more than 38,000 pounds empty, and do not handle the same in snow and icy conditions. Our drivers make everyone’s safety their number one priority; sometimes they can’t service a particular road or alley to protect everyone from potential injury or property damage.
Inclement weather affects all of us. Please take the time to ensure the area around your trash and recycling containers is clear of all snow and ice so we can continue to service you without interruption.
A few key tips to ensure prompt service:
- Shovel the ground clear of all snow and ice in front and on the sides of your container to allow driver suitable access to service your container.
- Salt around your containers to aid our drivers in maneuvering around your container safely.
- If your container resides in an alley, ensure the alley (including all points of entry) is cleared of snow – this is imperative for our drivers to have direct access to your container on your scheduled pick up day.
- If your container resides in a corral, ensure both the corral doors can swing open to their fullest capacity.
Container and access road completely inaccessible for truck and driver.
Road may be plowed, but the snow pushed onto the corral has iced over and the driver cannot safely open the doors.
Road appears clear, but the truck cannot safely back up to the container in order to attach to the roll off for service.
Driver unable to push or pull the wheeled container out from the corral location in order to line up with truck for servicing.
Our goal is to service your containers on time, every time. However, weather conditions may cause unexpected servicing costs. You can help minimize impacts by ensuring your containers are serviceable throughout the winter season.
We are always available to assist you with any questions or inquires you may have regarding your service. Please feel free to contact our Customer Service through www.wm.com.
We appreciate your business!