City of Muskogee Hosts Special Waste Collection Day

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect area water and enhance home safety, the city of Muskogee will once again provide a special waste collection day. This event offers free disposal of household chemical pollutants, electronics, and waste tires to city residents.

Muskogee residents may bring their household chemicals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2, to the Muskogee City-County Fairgrounds. It is sponsored by the City of Muskogee through its Public Works Department Stormwater Management Program. This event is free to Muskogee residents who present a current City water bill.

Acceptable materials include pesticides, leftover oil-based paints, used motor oil, solvents, cleaners, acids, poisons, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs and all types of batteries. Products should be kept in their originals containers, if possible. Up to three computers or TV sets, per household, will be accepted for recycling. A latex paint exchange will, also, be provided, but residents may dispose of latex paint after solidifying them by air drying and discarding the cans in their curbside trash container.

Select types of waste are excluded from this event, for safety reasons. Pressurized gas cylinders, ammunition, explosives or containers of unknown substances will not be accepted. Due to state and federal regulations, no wastes from commercial businesses or agricultural sources are allowed. Heritage Environmental services, a third-party transport service will be onsite to dispose of fluorescent bulbs from commercial businesses. Fees will apply for this service, and are to be paid to Heritage Environmental Services, directly.

Residents may also deliver passenger car, pickup and large truck tires to the site for free disposal, with a 25-tire limit per household. Tractor tires, large implement tires, or tires from commercial shops or dealers will not be accepted.

Greg Riley, Director of Public Works, said, “With Spring here, this is a time for many to clean out their garage or basement and complete home projects. These activities can often result in the need to dispose of potentially hazardous products, and unwanted items like old tires. We encourage residents to make their homes and environment safer by disposing of them properly through this special collection program.”

The Muskogee Police Department will accept pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Liquids and sharp objects will not be accepted.

In the event of a lightning storm, gates will be temporarily closed for the safety of attendees until the storm has passed.

For more information, call Karen Coker, Stormwater Quality Technician, at 918-684-6340 or email kcoker@muskogeeonline.org.