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City slates junk, hazardous waste cleanup

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - It's time once again to Chunk Your Junk!

The City of Sallisaw will be placing dumpsters to the west of the city's Electric Department, 213 W. Quesenbury St., on Saturday, June 12, just north of the railroad tracks off North Elm Street.

The event, which is for residential customers within Sallisaw city limits, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Customers will be asked to provide their utility bill as proof of residency.

This year the city is also teaming up with Clean Harbors Environmental Services to hold a household hazardous waste disposal event the same time as Chunk Your Junk. Just bring your items (see below for a list of what's acceptable), stay in your car and a Clean Harbors staff member will assist you with the disposal. Be sure and bring a valid driver's license.

City personnel will be on hand to supervise all unloading, but customers will be responsible for placing their unwanted items and yard waste in the dumpsters.

All materials must originate from residential property and all items must be easily handled. There must be no heavy items that require equipment or shovels to unload. In addition, all refuse materials must fit in a normal, half-ton truck bed with no side rails. Trailers up to 16 feet with no side rails will also be allowed. All loads are subject to be turned away based on contents and weight.

Customers are asked to bag items as much as possible and to separate all metal.

Types of acceptable items include: Bagged leaves, small plants, metal, wood/lumber, landscaping materials, furniture, bedding, cans, bundled cardboard and small appliances (only if coolant/refrigerant has been removed).

The following items will not be accepted:

*No brush, construction debris, shingles or commercial trash

*No hazardous waste or free-flowing liquids. No batteries, paint, oil, cooking oil, fuel, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals, butane/propane tanks.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Seal containers and place in boxes to prevent spills. Do not mix waste. If possible, keep in original containers with labels intact. Label unmarked containers if contents are known. Limit materials to no more than 25 gallons.

Acceptable items include: Adhesives; aerosol cans; automotive products such as oil, antifreeze, oil filters, car batteries, etc.; cleaners; fertilizers; herbicides; lacquer; mercury; paint; paint thinner; pesticides; poisons; polishes; varnishes; pool chemicals; smoke detectors; solvents; stain; turpentine.

The following items will not be accepted:

*Bullets and live ammunition

*Contractor or business waste

*Explosives, fireworks and flares

*Medical waste, radioactive materials

*Sharps, wires, trash

*Tires will not be accepted

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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