The City’s Household Pollutant Collection Facility expects to collect more than 16,000 gallons of latex paint in 2020, which would be enough to paint roughly 5,300 homes that are 1,200 sq. ft.
The numbers come after the facility released its 2019 Annual Report, which detailed a 96 percent increase in collections from 2018.
In 2019, 231,634 pounds of household pollutants were collected from 2,635 people, equating to a collection of 87.9 pounds per customer, which is more than triple the national disposal average.
“Last year was a good year for us because we nearly doubled the amount of material we received from the previous year,” said Scott VanLoo, the City’s Streets and Stormwater Operations Manager. “We attribute that to increasing the type of pollutants we collect at the facility, particularly latex paint.”
The facility started collecting latex paint on July 1, 2019.
The facility also saw an uptick in customers from roughly 2,000 in 2018 to more than 2,600 in 2019.
Aside from latex paint, which accounted for nearly 90,000 of the facility’s 231,634 pounds of household pollutants, other items like light bulbs, flammable liquids and lawn chemicals are also collected.
When customers bring in one item, they are allowed to carry out up to five items from the Swap Shop, which includes things like motor oil, latex paint and windshield wiper fluid – some of which are still unopened in their original containers.
For Tulsans and surrounding M.E.T. municipality residents needing to drop off items and use the Swap Shop, they should schedule an appointment by calling Stormwater Management at (918) 591-4325. The facility is open Wednesdays and Saturdays by appointment only.
Read the full 2019 Annual Report online.