Oklahoma City residents had about 83,000 pounds of unwanted ammunition, medicine, computers and tires to get rid of in the spring. But officials are guessing there's more out there.
The city is hosting its second free collection event of the year Saturday at State Fair Park. The city has the event each spring and summer to provide a way to dump items it doesn't normally accept at its waste facilities or allow in curbside bins.
Items collected at this event aren't accepted at the city's other waste facilities because of the hazardous substances they contain, said city Storm Water Quality Manager Raymond Melton.
The state Environmental Quality Department takes the tires as part of one of its programs, Melton said. City police collect the ammunition and medication, and a contract recycler takes the computer parts.
The tires and computer parts can end up being reused, but the ammunition and medication are destroyed.
“We used to have someone who would take the computers for us for free, but the market is so saturated now that we can't do that anymore,” Melton said.
People interested in dropping off items at the event must prove their residency in Oklahoma City by bringing a copy of their water bill. It is open to households only, and businesses interested in recycling such materials should call the state Environmental Quality Department at 702-5100.
Some items that won't be accepted include syringes, liquids, rims, wheels and television sets.
The collection event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the north side of State Fair Park. Enter from May Avenue at Gate 5.