Tulsa opens facility for pollutants

The City of Tulsa Household Pollutant Collection Facility (HPCF), a year-round facility for residents to dispose of household pollutants for free, is now open by appointment at 4502 S. Galveston Ave.

The HPCF is replacing two household pollutant collection events that were held in partnership with the M.e.t. each fiscal year. Licensed city staff with over 25 years of experience used to work both collection events and will now help run the permanent facility.

Tulsa’s HPCF is open by appointment two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tulsa residents can call 918-596-2100 to schedule an appointment to drop-off household pollutants at the facility.

Both Oklahoma City and Midwest City have retained successful permanent household collection facilities for years. With Tulsa opening a permanent facility in northeast Oklahoma, city staffers will meet with area municipalities to gauge their desire to offer disposal options of household pollutants for their residents.

“The main goal for opening a permanent household pollutant collection facility in any city is to discourage disposal of household pollutants into local streams, storm drains, and refuse and recycling systems,” Roy Teeters, Tulsa Street and Stormwater Manager said. “Tulsa has taken a proactive approach to help preserve the environment and we couldn’t be more excited about this venture.”

Developing a household hazardous waste collection center requires a considerable amount of planning and attention to detail.  The building, already owned by the city, had to be redesigned to safely handle household hazardous waste. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sanctioned the city’s effort through issuance of a permit for the facility. Tulsa’s was further helped by DEQ with $50,000 to equip the center.

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA), Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE) and the Stormwater Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board (SDHMB) all share in the costs to operate the facility (All three boards are funded by enterprise funds, not the general fund).

The facility will only accept household pollutants generated by household users and the facility is not available for commercial companies or businesses.

Items accepted:

  • fluorescent and cfl lightbulbs • flammable liquids
  • oil based paints and paint thinner • aerosols
  • lawn chemicals • automotive fluids
  • cooking oil/grease • pool chemicals
  • household and car batteries • household cleaners

Items not accepted:

  • industrial or commercially generated waste
  • medical or biomedical waste • latex paint
  • food or organic waste • asbestos
  • radioactive material • tires
  • ammunition/explosives • electronics
  • compressed gas cylinders • unknown materials
  • Medications may be taken to any Tulsa Police Station or the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office where locked drop boxes are located.

Residents can call 918-596-2100 to make an appointment. For more information, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/resourcerecovery.