The city of Statesboro, joined this year by the Keep Statesboro Bulloch Beautiful program, has now opened collection stations for the annual holiday season Operation Safe Disposal.
Its purpose is to give residents places to dispose of cardboard boxes and other packaging from gifts without placing the boxes at curbside, where they can tempt burglars to break into homes or cars, said city Public Works and Engineering Director Jason Boyles. The Public Works and Engineering Department, the Statesboro Police Department and KSBB conduct the project.
Operation Safe Disposal started Friday and will remain active until Dec. 28. Collection containers are being placed at the Police Department headquarters on Grady Street, Statesboro Fire Department Station 2 at 1533 Fair Road, Statesboro Public Works at 5 Braswell Street, the Statesboro Wastewater Treatment Plant off Briarwood Road, and in the public parking area on Railroad Street.
“Cardboard boxes, packaging materials, wrapping paper and other similar items are acceptable in these containers,” Boyles said.
However, materials placed in the containers will not be recycled. The city instead encourages citizens to recycle their cardboard at one of Bulloch County’s recycling centers, he said.