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Free OKC hazardous waste collection - State Fair Park

Free OKC hazardous waste collection - State Fair Park

OKLAHOMA CITY- If you want to clean out the garage or just have a little extra space around the house, Oklahoma City will be hosting a special collection for items that can’t simply be thrown in the trash.

The city will be collecting unwanted computers, tires, ammunition and over-the-counter and prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Syringes, liquids, inhalers, tire rims, televisions and wheels will not be accepted.

“Keeping hazardous material such as lead, zinc, carbon black and black powder from seeping into our soil and water supply is our priority,” Storm Water Quality manager Raymond Melton said.  “Demand for e-waste disposal continues to climb every year.  This event has been tremendous in the past and continues to grow.  Our crews hauled off approximately 15 tons of computers, monitors and keyboards last year alone.”

The collection is open to Oklahoma City residents only and everyone must bring their current water bill stub to prove residency.

To drop off items, head to the south side of the fairgrounds, just east of the arena.

Organizers ask that you enter the fairgrounds on Gordon Cooper Blvd., Gate 5 from N. May.

The next special collection will be in the spring of 2014.