McAlester residents have a unique opportunity during a couple of weekends this month to get rid of unwanted and potentially dangerous items — including one day devoted to unused prescription drugs and household hazardous waste — while also helping the environment. 

Those who want to get rid of everything from unwanted electronics to old tires can do so Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 during Pride in McAlester’s annual Fall Cleanup.

Pride in McAlester is once again offering city residents the opportunity to dispose of those items, along with many others, at the former National Guard Armory building at Third Street and Polk Avenue. That’s also the site of McAlester’s recycling center.

During the Oct. 13-14 weekend, PIM will accept items included discarded tires, electronics, metal and bulk trash.

Those items will still be accepted when the program expands on Saturday, Oct. 20 — the only day when household hazardous waste can be dropped off at the site. HHW is defined as including grease and other motor fluids, car and truck batteries, antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, flammable liquids, herbicides and pesticides.

It also includes household cleaners, pool chemicals, lawn care materials, liquid prescription drugs, thermostats and thermometers, old ammo and even syringes. Oil-based and enamel paints can also be dropped off at the site.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, household hazardous waste will no longer be accepted — but bulk trash, tires, electronics and metals will still be taken until the fall cleanup concludes at 3 p.m.

The city of McAlester is coordinating with Pride, by making the city landfill available to take brush during the same hours the cleanup is ongoing.

It’s all once again offered free of charge to city residents, with commercial businesses excluded.

Although the Fall Cleanup is offered as a free service to city residents, that doesn’t mean there’s no cost involved. Donations are accepted to assist with expenses. Support has also come from organizations such as Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, as well as businesses and individuals. Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s stepped forward with grants making the program devoted to the cleanup of household hazardous waste possible.

Pride in McAlester also gladly accepts volunteer workers. Anyone needing more information about any of the above can contact Pride by phone at 918-426-4444 or by email at pim@prideinmcalester.com.

Whether by volunteering, donating or simply getting rid of hazardous, unneeded or unsightly materials, PIM is once again offering city residents a special opportunity to help make McAlester more beautiful. It’s also allowing them to make their households and their property not only more attractive but but also potentially less dangerous, depending on what is discarded over the upcoming two weekends.

That amounts to a win-win situation for city residents — and everyone is urged to utilize the opportunity.

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