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Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility Now Open

This article was archived on 4/22/2016

The City of Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility (HPCF), a year-round facility for Tulsa residents to dispose of household pollutants for free, is now open by appointment and located at 4502 S. Galveston Ave.

The permanent HPCF is replacing two household pollutant collection events that were held in partnership with the M.e.t. each fiscal year. Licensed City staff with over 25 years of experience used to work both collection events and will now help run the permanent facility.

Tulsa's HPCF is open by appointment two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tulsa residents can call (918) 596-2100 to schedule an appointment to drop-off household pollutants at the facility.

"I am very pleased Tulsa is opening the first permanent household pollutant collection facility of its kind in northeast Oklahoma," Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. "This facility gives residents a convenient, year-round option that was not available previously and I am confident Tulsans will take advantage of this new and beneficial opportunity."

Both Oklahoma City and Midwest City have retained successful permanent household collection facilities for years. With Tulsa opening a permanent facility in northeast Oklahoma, City of Tulsa staff intends to meet with area municipalities to gauge their desire to offer disposal options of household pollutants for their residents.

"The main goal for opening a permanent household pollutant collection facility in any city is to discourage disposal of household pollutants into local streams, storm drains, and refuse and recycling systems," Roy Teeters, City of Tulsa Street and Stormwater Manager said. "Tulsa has taken a proactive approach to help preserve the environment and we couldn't be more excited about this venture."

Developing a household hazardous waste collection center requires a considerable amount of planning and attention to detail.  The building, already owned by the City of Tulsa, had to be redesigned to safely handle household hazardous waste. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sanctioned the city's effort through issuance of a permit for the facility. Tulsa's innovation was further recognized by DEQ with $50,000 to help the city equip the center.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA), Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE) and the Stormwater Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board (SDHMB) all share in the costs to operate the facility (All three boards are funded by enterprise funds, not the general fund).

The facility will only accept household pollutants generated by household users and the facility is not available for commercial companies or businesses.

Items Accepted:

  • Fluorescent and CFL Lightbulbs
  • Oil Based Paints and Paint Thinner
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Lawn Chemicals
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Cooking Oil/Grease
  • Aerosols
  • Household and Car Batteries
  • Household Cleaners
  • Pool Chemicals

Items Not Accepted:

  • Industrial or Commercially Generated Waste (including NHIW waste)
  • Latex Paint
  • *Medical or Biomedical Waste
  • Asbestos
  • Food or Organic Waste
  • Radioactive Material
  • Ammunition/Explosives
  • Electronics
  • Tires
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Unknown Materials or Substances
  • *Medications may be taken to any Tulsa Police Station or the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office where locked drop boxes are located.

Residents can call (918) 596-2100 to make an appointment at Tulsa's HPCF. For more information about the facility, visit: www.cityoftulsa.org/resourcerecovery