The Metropolitan Environmental Trust will be collecting household hazardous waste on April 14th and April 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, Gate 7 by the old Driller Stadium (15th Street and Sandusky Avenue).
This event sees five cars unloaded per minute, for five hours on Saturday and again on Sunday. Over 3000 cars will be unloaded of their hazardous waste at this event.
This semi-annual event is an opportunity for residents to keep their homes safe by disposing of unwanted household chemicals, including fertilizers, pesticides, cleaning agents, medication, oil-based paints, ammunition, anti-freeze, motor oil, etc.
Unaccepted items include: tires, latex paint, and commercial waste.
“Ridding your home of these chemicals makes your home, neighborhood, and planet a safer place,” says Michael Patton, the Met’s executive director. The event is funded by local governments, “and although it’s expensive,” says Patton, “every gallon is a victory.”
The Met suggests that residents go through their garages, sheds, cabinets, and closets to assess what substances they can get rid of. Items with labels that read caution, hazardous, danger, or toxic, should be brought to the event for safe disposal.
“The potential for harm not only comes from using these chemicals,” says Patton, “but from storing them as well.”