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2023 Operation Clean House set for April 22

Operation Clean House — the free, countywide event for Washington County residents to dispose of hazardous household and automotive goods without harming the environment or endangering human health — will be held this year on Earth Day, April 22.

The annual hazardous waste disposal and recycling event has been held locally for more than 30 years. Each year the event enables the safe disposal of over 10,000 pounds of hazardous waste from the community for free. OCH was historically held on Earth Day but was rescheduled or cancelled in recent years due to the pandemic.

The event returns to its Earth Day roots this year, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at two locations: the Phillips 66 downtown parking lot and the District 2 Washington County barn in Dewey.

More than a hundred volunteers are needed to help offload and organize the waste that is dropped off, organizers say. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and breakfast and/or lunch. To volunteer, contact OCH.BVILLE@gmail.com or follow this link to complete the volunteer registration.

Next free yard debris collection is May 8-12

The City will hold its next free residential yard debris collection the week of May 8-12, Public Works Director Keith Henry said today.

The event is typically held twice each year, in the spring and fall, to help Bartlesville solid waste utility customers dispose of dead leaves and other yard debris for no extra cost.

Bartlesville residents can put their bagged yard debris or bundled tree limbs at their normal trash collection point on their normal trash day during the collection week, and City crews will come by and pick them up that day. The collection is for the following items only:

  • Leaves
  • Grass
  • Lawn clippings
  • Limbs and branches if cut in lengths no longer than four feet and bundled (may not exceed 50 pounds)

During the collection week only, yard debris bags will not require yard waste stickers, and clear or colored bags are allowed. The collection is for private residences only; no commercial collections will be made. There is no limit on the number of bags a resident can put out for the collection. Extra bags or items of household refuse outside the cart must have the red refuse sticker attached.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste Department at 918.338.4130.

Recycling ‘buyback’ events planned

Replenysh, the company that operates the City’s recycling program, will “buy back” bottles and cans at the center from noon to 3 p.m. every other Friday through June 30, the company announced this week.

To get paid for materials, download the Replenysh app before arriving: https://replenysh.com/download. (Cashless payment based on the weight of materials will be sent to your Replenysh account and can then be transferred to your bank account at your convenience.)

The center, located at 908 S. Elm Street, is open 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Bottles and cans will only be purchased on the following dates:

  • Feb. 24
  • March 10
  • March 24
  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5
  • May 19
  • June 2
  • June 30