The City of Weatherford Sanitation Department and the Weatherford Police Department would like to announce a new joint program called "Operation Christmas Box." As part of the program, city sanitation services will set up a recyclable paper truck on the center lot of Heritage Park for citizens to dispose of both large and small cardboard gift boxes.
The main purpose of the program is to reduce advertising of expensive gift items someone may have in their home to criminals as they drive through neighborhoods potentially looking for items to steal.
"The idea was brought to us by Officer Robert Johnson after he noticed numerous homes leaving boxes outside for trash last year,” said Chief of Police Mike Manning. “We thought it was a great idea and I believe it is an excellent program to help prevent crime after our citizens open their Christmas presents."
Municipal and Community Services Director Steve Bates echoed the sentiments.
"Providing a drop off point for cardboard boxes assists the city in three ways,” he said. “In addition to being a good crime prevention tool, it also prevents overloading our sanitation workers during normal residential pickups following the holiday, and it allows us recycle those paper goods."
The City of Weatherford would like to encourage everyone to participate in the program. Cardboard boxes of any size are welcome. Workers will not accept any residential refuse or Styrofoam, they can only accept recyclable cardboard boxes.
Operation Christmas Box will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Heritage Park, located at 315 Santa Fe Drive.