By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The city of Stillwater is inviting residents to bring their hazardous waste to the Convenience Collection Center at 807 S. Perkins on Saturday so it can be properly disposed.
The drop off times are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Interim Environmental Programs Manager Chris Franks said the collection has been a biannual event since 2010.
“Since we’ve went biannually, we’ve averaged about 250 cars that day,” he said.
Franks said many of the items collected include batteries, fluorescent bulbs, lawn care products and pharmaceuticals.
“A lot of what we get is old chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and oil-based paint,” Franks said.
However, some items are not accepted.
“One of the things that we stopped taking in 2008 was latex paint due to the fact that we are paying the contractor to just throw it away,” he said.
Franks said 2008 was their largest year for collection.
“We collected 41,359 pounds of waste and approximately 20,000 pounds of that was latex paint,” he said.
The best way to dispose of latex paint is to allow it to dry out and then throw it away with normal trash, he said.
Other items not accepted include alkaline batteries, ammunition, lab waste, fire alarms, mixed chemicals and compressed gas cylinders such as propane tanks.
No commercial waste is accepted at the site.
Franks asks that participants keep items in their original container when bringing them to the collection center. For additional information, call Franks at 533-8482 or email email@example.com.