Who doesn’t have half empty bottles of cleaners, antifreeze, oil, and other randomness throughout the house? I know I do, and just about everyone else that I know! While keeping these things we may say to ourselves that we will use them at some point or that we are being thrifty, but these sometimes dangerous chemicals stored in our houses are potentially dangerous to our children and community.
This is where the M.E.T. (Metropolitan Environmental Trust) comes in; their semi annual collection is this weekend! March 28th and 29th at the Tulsa Fairgrounds the M.E.T. is going to be collecting household chemicals for FREE as an attempt to keep our Bixby community safer. Here are a few of the details for this year’s collection right off of their website:
We’re not “anti-chemical”, we’re “anti-storing-chemicals-in-your-home”. Storing even a half-bottle of drain cleaner makes your home, neighborhood, and planet a little less safe. If you have to use chemicals, buy what you need and use them up. If you have some left over, take them to our semi-annual Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection. The collection is for residents of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Tulsa and Tulsa County only, not businesses.
Enter at 15th & Sandusky at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Click here to get map
Transport pollutants to the event in the trunk of a car or the bed of a pick up truck. Trained volunteers will remove pollutants from your vehicle for you.
Items accepted include: household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cooking oil, batteries, all fluorescent light bulbs, small ammunition, smoke alarms, aerosol paint, hobby paint, pool chemicals, items containing mercury, gasoline, and unused or out-of-date prescription medications.
Items NOT accepted at the event: latex paint, tires, computers, radioactive waste and commercial waste. Latex paint is not accepted because it is not hazardous. It is water-based and can safely disposed of by being dried out. Remove the lid and let the paint completely dry. Tulsa residents can place 2 cans of dry paint next to regular residential trash for pick up.
Batteries? Oil? Don’t wait!
While you can take batteries, oil, and antifreeze to the Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection, there’s no need to wait in line if this is all you have. These products, along with recyclables such as paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, can be taken seven days a week to one of our Recycling Centers.
We hope you go through your cabinets today or tomorrow and allow the M.E.T. to make your home, and community a little safer this year. Below is some news coverage of last year’s event, keep visiting our website for more updates and video of this year’s collection!