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April 29, 2014

QUICK 5: Hazardous household waste collection slated for Saturday in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — Chris Franks is environmental programs manager for the city of Stillwater. The city will collect household hazardous waste from residents Saturday.

1 What is the goal of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection?

It’s two-fold. It provides residents with an opportunity to properly dispose of certain hazardous chemicals that can be found around the household that are often hard to properly dispose of. It also keeps these items out of the wastewater collection system. Thus protecting the workers out at the wastewater treatment plant.

2 Why is the city offering this service?

Originally, it began in ’98 after the wastewater treatment plant was having trouble passing testing. They quarterly have to do a biomonitoring testing. They were failing this test, and as they were investigating the cause, they found it was pesticides. They started this program to give residents an opportunity to keep these pesticides out of the waste stream. We offer it to provide an opportunity to dispose of items without them being put down the drain.

3 When and where can items be dropped off?

It’s going to be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it will be at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road.

4 What items will be accepted Saturday?

Used oil, filters, auto batteries, auto tires, antifreeze, scrap metal, fluorescent bulbs, vacuum cleaners, toaster ovens, rechargeable batteries, fire extinguishers, latex paint, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint, household lawn care products, pool chemicals, craft and hobby supplies, old mix fuels, or any other household cleaning chemical they may have around the house or regular everyday recyclable items.

5 When will this service be offered again?

We’ll offer it again in the fall. We don’t have a date set yet for that one.

 

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