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Woodlands Township News & Notes: trash pickup changes, tree recycling info announced

December 20, 2018

The Woodlands Township is gearing up for the end of 2018 as well as managing various events and issues through the holiday season. Here are some news and notes about what is going on around the township in late December.

Township reminds fireworks are prohibited

One of the bigger traditions in Texas is shooting off of copious amounts of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, however officials with The Wooodlands Township have issued a reminder to residents that the setting off of fireworks is prohibited within the township’s boundaries.

According to a press release, township officials stated that not only is the setting off of fireworks prohibited by township convenants, so it the sale of such devices.All home fireworks, including sparklers, are banned in the township due to the prevalence of thousands of trees, shrubs and other flora that could be easily ignited.

In addition to the prohibition on all fireworks, the release informed residents that in the event of a fireworks-related blaze or other emergeny, they should call 9-1-1 for help. However, in an effort to avoid false-emergency calls, township officials also said in the release that reports of illegal firework usage that has not caused a fire or other emergency should be called in to The Woodlands Fire Department non-emergency telephone line at: 281-362-3900.

Holiday changes to trash, recycling schedules

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, there will be no solid waste/trash collection services in The Woodlands.

The holiday cessation, according to a press release from township officials, affects all forms of trash pickup services, including trash, recycling, yard trimmings, bulk waste pickup and simple recycling — which in what is collected in orange textile bags.

Residents who normally have trash picked up on the two Tuesdays will instead have their trash and recycling picked up on the following day: for Dec. 25, trash will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26; for Jan. 1, trash will be collected on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

A special recycling opportunity will be available for holiday and Christmas themed trash, allowing residents to place a special box of recyclables at their curbs for pick up on Dec. 26. All items left for the special holiday recycling must be put into one box. The items accepted include: cardboard boxes, gift boxes and wrapping paper. Prohibited items include: plastic bags, Styrofoam, bubble wrap and ribbons, decorations and holiday lights.

For Christmas tree pickup services, township officials advised residents of the following restrictions.

For unflocked trees, which are normal green colored, residents must remove all decorations and lights from the tree, remove the tree stand and then place the tree at the curb on only the set day of a resident’s trash pickup. Unflocked Christmas trees can also be dropped off at the following location: The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive. This dropoff is only available between Wednesday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 7. Trees left at the recreation center must be placed inside the Christmas Tree Corral in the center’s parking lot. No artificial trees can be left at this facility.

For flocked trees — which are white — they must be placed in a landfill, residents can schedule a bulk/heavy trash pickup by calling Waste Management Customer Service at 1-800-800-5804. Residents are asked to schedule at least two days ahead of when pickup is desired.

— Information in this article was gathered from a press release.

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