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The City of Bethany has partnered with the City of Oklahoma City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility to provide residents with a place to dispose of their leftover hazardous chemicals.

The Center provides an environmentally safe means for citizens to dispose of hazardous waste, with a staff of seven full time hazardous materials specialists. Please dispose of your hazardous household waste properly by bringing it to our Center. We’ll recycle or safely dispose of your leftovers.

They are open Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. — 6 p.m., and on Saturday 8:30 — 11:30 a.m. The center is free to Bethany residents and is located at 1621 South Portland in Oklahoma City. Bring your Bethany water bill as proof of residency.

What they can take:

  • Propane, gasoline, lubricants, motor oil, brake fluid, degreasers, antifreeze
  • pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer
  • CFL and fluorescent lightbulbs
  • swimming pool chemicals
  • furniture polish, household cleaners (including oven, drain and toilet bowl cleaners)
  • mercury
  • paint and thinner
  • Do not pour chemicals into a single container. Leave them in their original packages.
  • Some household products, although harmless in themselves, can be toxic when mixed.

What they can’t take:

  • radioactive waste
  • biomedical waste
  • commercial hazardous waste
  • refrigerant and compressed gas containers
  • tires
  • computer equipment

Some products in your home (certain paints, stains and varnishes, cleaners, polishes, automotive products, pesticides and herbicides) may contain hazardous components. The used or leftover contents of these products are known as “household hazardous waste”.

If thrown in the trash these items can contaminate our environment. This pollution can effect streams, lakes, wildlife, and possibly even our drinking water.

Don’t Throw Hazardous Waste in the Trash

Disposing of household chemicals in your trash is dangerous. When mixed, household chemicals such as bleach and ammonia cause poisonous gases and fumes or cause fires. Even if you are careful and keep chemicals separate in your own trash, your garbage does not stop at the curb.

When residential trash is collected, it is compacted in the garbage truck to make room for more trash. When compacted, chemical containers can break and their contents mix with other chemicals. Depending on the chemicals involved, the resulting reaction may create toxic smoke, fumes, and fires and injure collection workers, pets, neighbors, family members, and the environment.

Tips for Managing Household Chemicals

  • When purchasing household and lawn chemicals, paint products, or automotive products, keep in mind how you plan to use, store and dispose of each product and its container.
  • Only buy what you need. Don’t “stock up” on products you’ll never use. It can cost almost as much or more than the purchase price to properly dispose of household chemicals.
  • Whenever possible, purchase alternatives to environmentally hazardous household chemicals.
  • Read labels and use only as directed.
  • Ask your neighbors and friends if they need any of the products you do not use.
  • Store hazardous materials in cool, dry areas away from children and pets.
  • Keep materials in original containers or properly labeled.
  • With proper care, empty containers can be disposed of safely.

For more information on proper disposal call 405 682-7038.

Information for this post was obtained from the City of Oklahoma City’s Household Hazardous Waste webpage at:

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