Free McAlester Hazardous Waste Disposal and Paper Shredding set for April 29th

Pride In McAlester (PIM) will offer free household hazardous waste removal, prescription drug disposal, and free document destruction on Saturday, April 29th for McAlester residents. As part of the Spring Cleanup celebrating the Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma, the event takes place at the Former National Guard Armory at 301 E. Polk in McAlester from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Household hazardous waste consists of any chemicals that citizens have in their homes such as cleaners, automotive fluids, yard care products, pesticides, oil-based paints and stains, spray paint, gasoline, lighter fluids, paint thinners, pool chemicals, cooking oil, and lamp oils. Additional items accepted include propane and camping fuel cylinders, batteries of all kinds, ammunition up to .50 caliber, and fluorescent bulbs.

Prescription medications, including liquid medications and syringes, will also be accepted on April 29th. These include any prescription or over-the-counter medications that residents have in their homes that are expired or no longer needed. Storing or keeping chemicals and prescriptions can lead to accidental poisoning of people or pets. Improper disposal will cause pollution of the water supply and natural environments such as streams and lakes.

Free document destruction to help citizens dispose of outdated personal papers is also on Saturday. These include tax records, financial statements, contracts, mail and any other papers that may have the personal information of citizens. The document destruction will occur on-site with a paper shredding truck. It is not necessary for citizens to remove staples, paperclips, or plastic from paper before delivery as these items are separated from the paper after shredding. Destroying outdated documents is important for residents to help guard against identity theft and to help remove potential fire hazards from homes and attics.

Pride In McAlester will continue to accept bulk trash, metal, tires, and electronics on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th. PIM provides these services to citizens in order to promote a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful community. Funding for these projects comes from donations to Pride In McAester, the City of McAlester, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, OGE and Compass Capital Management. Prescription pill collection is provided by the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department. For more information, contact Pride In McAlester at 918-426-4444 or visit www.prideinmcalester.com.