Bulk waste pickup day shifts in part of SE Oklahoma City to help efficiency

A change of bulk waste collection days for two southeast Oklahoma City neighborhoods should help increase trash pickup efficiency in that part of town.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: May 3, 2012
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A small change to the bulk waste collection schedule in two southeast Oklahoma City neighborhoods should help the city be more efficient with its trash pickup in that part of town, a city utilities spokeswoman said.

Bulk waste pickup, scheduled once a month in Oklahoma City, allows city residents to put large items of trash on their curb for pickup by city crews. It's a separate effort from the weekly trash collection using the blue bins at each home in the city.

An uneven workload on certain days for crews in southeast Oklahoma City led to some bulk waste sitting on the curb for days before workers had time to get to some neighborhoods, city Utilities Department spokeswoman Debbie Ragan said.

Finding balance

A slight change for two neighborhoods will allow workers to collect the bulk waste more quickly.

“They're just balancing their workload,” Ragan said. “There will be more timely collections for the customer, and more efficient collection service for our crews.”

Both affected neighborhoods are along SE 89. One is west of Bryant Avenue. The other spans both sides of Sooner Road north of SE 89, with part of it extending south of SE 89.

Notice on bills

The new bulk waste pickup day for those areas is on the fourth Monday of each month. The previous day was the third Wednesday, but the trash often sat on curbs for days.

Affected city residents will be notified on their utility bills. The Utilities Department provided the city council with a public notice at the council's meeting Tuesday.