McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

April 9, 2014

PIM’s annual cleanup continues

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — This year’s annual Spring Cleanup will continue each weekend, this month only, organizers say.

The event is sponsored by Pride In McAlester and is a part of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s “Great American Cleanup™” campaign, according to PIM Executive Director Regina Peoples.

The cleanup will be held weekends until April 26 at the former National Guard Armory, 319 E. Polk Ave.

Brush can be taken to McAlester landfill which will only be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

The cleanup encourages citizens to dispose of unwanted items properly, which is important for the

environment and overall wellness, according to Peoples.

McAlester residents are encouraged to bring old tires, electronics, refrigerators and other electronic items such as computers along with bulk trash, to the armory and dispose of them of them free of charge.

PIM volunteers will be on staff at the Armory on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

Peoples said on April 26, household hazardous waste and prescription drugs will also be accepted for disposal along with the other items at the former National Guard Armory parking lot.

Household hazardous waste includes items such as motor fluids, grease, auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, flammable liquids, batteries, pesticides/herbicides, oil-based and enamel paints, household cleaners, lawn care products, pool chemicals, thermostats/thermometers and old ammunition, according to Peoples.

Pride In McAlester will recycle metals also during the event and money raised will be used to help defer the cost of the cleanup which she said is more than $20,000.

For more information and to volunteer, call 918-426-4444 or visit www.

prideinmcalester.com.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.

com.