Smiles and warm feelings aren't the only things generated by the Christmas holiday, as officials with the city of Big Spring prepare for a major influx of something else this weekend: garbage.
Wrapping paper, bows, boxes and other holiday leftovers will likely fill city sanitation containers across the Crossroads area. However, the city will be placing additional trash containers in several locations in an effort to accommodate the holiday load, according to Assistant City Manager Todd Darden.
“We've placed five large dumpsters at several different sites around the city in an effort to deal with the large amount of trash generated by the holiday,” Darden said. “Those dumpsters will remain in place until Wednesday, giving folks a chance to get rid of items — such as large boxes — in the meantime.”
Darden said containers will be set up in the parking lots of Coronado Plaza, Big Spring Mall, College Park Shopping Center, Howard County Fair Barn and in the 700 block of N. Gregg Street.
One holiday item that won't be allowed in those containers, however, are live Christmas trees, which will be accepted only at the Municipal Landfill and Municipal Compost Facility.