For the second year in a row, the city of Ardmore will host its annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day. The event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at Noble Stadium on the campus of Ardmore High School. Waste will be received in the west parking lot.
Sean Geurin, city director of public utilities, said the first year for the event proved to be a success, which led to making Hazardous Waste Collection Day an annual event.
“For a first year, I considered it to be very successful, and I expect the second year to be just as successful, if not more so,” Geurin said.
Last year, the city partnered with the Chickasaw Nation, which had received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The nation failed to procure a grant this year, and the city opted to move forward by itself.
Acceptable items include:
• Household chemicals, cleaners and bleach
• E-waste, which includes monitors, televisions, CPUs, printers and both residential and commercial phones
• Automobile tires, motor oil, antifreeze and brake fluid
• Paint, paint thinner and other solvents
• Mercury, pesticides/herbicides, pool chemicals
Those bringing items to the event are asked to bring them in sturdy containers or boxes and, if possible, keep items in original labeled containers. People are also asked to not mix items together, as it could present an explosive or gaseous hazard.
Unacceptable items include:
• Commercial hazardous waste
• Ammunition and explosives
• White goods such as refrigerators and air conditioners containing gases that need removal
• Stoves, washers and dryers
Geurin was able to compare the level of involvement of the 2013 event with Chickasha and Ada.
“We had 150 cars last year, and collected 100 gallons of motor oil, 300 tires, five automobile batteries, 7,803 pounds of hazardous waste, 5,488 pounds of E-waste and 2,200 pounds of latex paint,” Geurin said.
He said Chickasha had 130 cars, and much of its collection was comparable to Ardmore. Ada, which has hosted the event on a more consistent, annual basis, had 237 cars.
“We actually collected more hazardous waste, but they had more E-waste,” Geurin said.