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Annual HHW collection event is this Saturday

The City of Norman is hosting the annual household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event this Saturday in the southwest parking lot of the Lloyd Noble Center at 2900 Jenkins Ave. The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free for residents of Norman.  Entry to the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot is from Jenkins or Chautauqua.

The collection is an opportunity for residents to dispose of dangerous items, chemicals, and tires that cannot be placed in the waste collection cart or taken to the landfill. Products need to be in the original containers and chemicals should not be mixed.

Reusable household chemicals can be dropped off for redistribution to residents. Free five-gallon buckets of latex paint will be given away while supplies last.

Items that can be accepted include oil, paint, kerosene, cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, computers and computer accessories, automobile and small truck tires (without rims). Data bearing devices will have the data eradicated but residents may wish to remove their personal data from hard drives and other electronic devices.

Some of the items that cannot be accepted are radioactive waste, explosives, business-generated waste, household trash, compressed gas or containers, and biomedical waste with the exception of sharps that are placed in rigid containers.

Last year close to 1,600 households disposed of waste material at the event.  Norman residents disposed of approximately 35,000 pounds of chemicals, 8,250 pounds of used motor oil, 1,700 pounds of antifreeze, 17,000 pounds of latex paint, and 31,000 pounds of oil-based paint. In addition, approximately 27,000 pounds of electronics (computers, TVs), 500 tires, and several old appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers) were collected.    

Organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with the event.  Some of the volunteer assignments include surveying participants, traffic control, unloading materials, and bulking paint and oil.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, contact City of Norman’s Environmental Services at 292-9731.