Stillwater News Press

November 14, 2013

City of Stillwater to collect hazardous materials on Saturday

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater residents will have a chance to dispose of household hazardous waste Saturday.

The city of Stillwater is having a drop off for Household Hazardous Waste event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road. Items accepted include used oil filters, auto batteries, tires, antifreeze, pesticides, fire alarms, toaster ovens and vacuum cleaners.

Residents can also dispose of pharmaceuticals, oil-based paint, fluorescent lights and pool chemicals at the household waste area, east of the Convenience Collection Center.

Environmental Programs Manager Chris Franks said the event has been helping keep Stillwater’s wastewater system cleaner for 15 years. Since 1998, the event has cleaned up Stillwater’s wastewater significantly, he said.

Residents can properly dispose of the hazardous materials instead of dumping them down drains.

It’s much more efficient and safer for the environment than flushing things down the toilet, he said.

“The city tested the wastewater in 1998 and it was failing,” Franks said. “They did extensive testing and it was because of pesticides, which would kill fish. This program allows people to dispose of things like that, and it has helped a lot.”

Hazardous waste from commercial organizations isn’t accepted. Also, latex paint, alkaline batteries, explosives and compressed gas cylinders also won’t be accepted.

Franks also said it would be helpful if residents bring the chemicals and items in their original containers. He said there would be a chemist at the event to determine where the waste needs to go, but having things labeled correctly helps the disposal team.

“Seeing citizens come out and being happy with the service we provide is great,” Franks said. “Ninety-nine percent of the time we receive positive comments and we love feedback. We are always looking for new items to dispose of properly.”