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March 19, 2014

Clean up set for April

McALESTER — Pride in McAlester is sponsoring it’s annual Spring Clean Up in April, organizers say.

The clean-up is a part of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s “Great American Cleanup™” campaign, according to PIM Executive Director Regina Peoples.

“This event encourages citizens to dispose of unwanted items properly, which is important for the environment and our wellness,” Peoples said.

The cleanup will be held weekends from April 5 until April 26 at the former National Guard Armory, 319 E. Polk Ave.

She said during the cleanup 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 Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

Brush can be disposed of during this time also at the McAlester Landfill.

She 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.

“Water based and latex paints, lab waste, explosives, mixed chemicals and commercial waste will not  will not be accepted during the clean up,” Peoples said.

She said volunteers are needed to assist with the cleanup.

“We need help and we will provide everything needed.”

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

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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