Some products in your home (certain paints, stains and varnishes, cleaners, polishes, automotive products, pesticides and swimming pool chemicals) may contain hazardous components. The used or leftover contents of these products are known as "household hazardous waste."

If thrown in the trash these items can contaminate our environment. This pollution can effect streams, lakes, wildlife, and possibly even our drinking water.

Environmentally concerned Oklahoma City homeowners used  to have to wait until each Spring and Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events at the State Fairgrounds to properly dispose of household pollutants such as paint, motor oil, pesticides, swimming pool chemicals and household cleaning products.

Now, thanks to the Stormwater Quality Division of the City of Oklahoma City, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center is open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at SW 15 & Portland.

The Center provides an environmentally safe means for citizens to dispose of hazardous waste, with a staff of seven full time hazardous materials specialists.

For more information, check out their website at http://www.okc.gov/services/hh_waste/index.html.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Environmental Trust holds two Household Pollutant Collection Events a year, one in the spring and one in the fall at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.  For more information, check out http://www.cityoftulsa.org/enews/2008/9-2/hazardous.asp and http://www.metrecycle.com/.

Other communities are starting household hazardous waste days. See DEQ's information at https://www.deq.state.ok.us/lpdnew/education/HHWcollectionlocations.pdf

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