Trash Pick-Up Schedule Announced For Christmas, New Year's: Residents Encouraged To Plan Ahead

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As the Christmas and New Year's holidays approach, Waste Management encourages Payson residents and businesses to plan ahead for changes relating to trash pick-up schedules in their neighborhoods.

There will be no service on Christmas Day. Instead, these services will be delayed by one day with service resuming on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

In addition, there will be no service on New Year's Day. Instead, these services will be delayed by one day with service resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

For more information on Waste Management holiday service, call (800) 796-9696.

Recent reports show that people throw away 25 percent more rubbish during Christmas and New Year's Day than any other time of the year.

The Waste Management Health and Safety Team shares these tips for a safe, healthy holiday season:

  • Be careful when decorating your home. Hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,800 people a year for falls, cuts, and electrical shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees.
  • Christmas trees are involved in about 400 fires annually, resulting last year in 20 deaths, 70 injuries and an average of more than $15 million in property loss and damage.
  • There are 10,000 candle-related fires that occur each year. Keep matches, lighters and candles away from children and never leave burning candles unattended.
  • If you use an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled "fire resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches, and when bent between your fingers needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground the tree should not lose many needles.
  • When setting up a tree at home place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water.
  • Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, which indicates conformance with safety standards.
  • Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw away damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be shocked or electrocuted.

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