Special Waste Collection Day

As part of its ongoing efforts to protect area water, enhance Muskogee’s cleanliness, and improve home safety, the City of Muskogee will once again provide a special waste collection day on October 20, 2018. 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, October 20    to the City Material Yard at 1503 S. Cherokee St. 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 original 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.  Environmental Services will accept the items and provide hazardous and universal waste transportation and disposal for the City of Muskogee.

Select types of waste are excluded from this event, for safety reasons. These are:  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.

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, “After a long, hot summer, 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 team with the Non-Profit Resource Center to accept pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Liquids will not be accepted. But sharps in plastic bottles such as detergent bottles will be accepted.

Also, on October 20, the landfill will be free and open to the public upon presentation of a current City water bill.   In addition, the brush and limb site will be open and free to the public with a current City water bill.  Bring brush and limbs, only, no stumps, to the site at 40th and Denver.

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