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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for October 20

Help protect Norman’s environment by bringing your household hazardous waste to Norman’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. October 20, 2018 in the southwest parking lot of the Lloyd Noble Center. Citizens coming to the event need to enter from Jenkins or Chautauqua. There is no charge to residents of Norman.

The collection provides an opportunity for Norman residents to get rid of dangerous items that cannot be put in the waste stream or taken to the landfill. Many items will be accepted as part of the event. These include: oil, paint, kerosene, cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, computers and computer accessories, automobile and small truck tires (without rims). Some of the items that cannot be accepted include: radioactive waste, explosives, medical waste, business-generated waste, household trash, and compressed gas or containers. Products should be kept in their original containers and chemicals should not be mixed. Re-usable household chemicals can be dropped off for redistribution to citizens. Five-gallon buckets of recycled latex paint will be given away while supplies last.

Approximately 1,500 households disposed of waste material at last year’s event, that included 46,000 pounds of chemicals, 1,100 gallons of used motor oil, 200 gallons of antifreeze, 17,000 pounds of latex paint, and 31,000 pounds of oil-based paint were brought to the event. In addition, approximately 36,000 pounds of electronics (computers, TVs, etc.), 300 tires, and a number of old appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.) were collected.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with the event. Some of the work assignments will include setting up the event, surveying participants, traffic control, unloading materials, and bulking paint and oil. There will be 2 shifts, 8:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or feel free to volunteer all day. We need to know if you can volunteer by October 12th. There will be mandatory safety training October 19th, Friday night; at 4:30 in the City Council Chambers (pizza will be served). It’s a lot of fun and you will receive a free t-shirt and lunch the day of the event.

Those interested in volunteering for the event, can contact City of Norman’s Environmental Services Division at 292-9731.