What started only five years ago in Stillwater as an
aggressive poster campaign on pesticide education, now has become a
major annual collection event for household hazardous waste that has
diverted about 40 tons of household pollutants so far.
Last year’s one-day collection event netted 12 tons of
pollutants and 448 tires while also providing the public with a paint
swap area. It all adds up to safer landfills, better water quality, and
homes less likely to have dangerous fumes or explosion hazards.
Bio-monitoring failures, caused
by pesticide toxicity at the Stillwater Wastewater Treatment
Facilities, have dropped from four failures in a single year to just
one failure each of the past three years. A judge called it “A
difficult problem addressed well with impressive results.”
| Doug Gable (left), Industrial Pre-Treatment Coordinator for the city and Stillwater Mayor Larry Brown, headed up the large crowd that accepted the KOB Award of Excellence for the city's successful household hazardous waste collection projects.
THE CITY OF STILLWATER’S ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS ARE GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!
Posted on 05/01/2001
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under