Operation Clean House — a 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 April 21.
Items will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at two drop-off locations:
Phillips Parking lot
Located on Adams Boulevard just west of the railroad tracks
Items accepted at this location include electronics and hazardous household waste such as cleaners, yard care products, oil- and aerosol-based paints, pharmaceuticals and fluorescent bulbs.
Dewey Washington County District 2 barn
Located on Ninth Street two miles east of U.S. Highway 75
Items accepted include motor oil, antifreeze, automotive batteries, tires and appliances.
According to Stephanie Dingman, communications director for the Operation Clean House Committee, more than 1 million pounds of waste has been collected since the event began in 1989.
“This year marks yet another milestone for Operation Clean House. The event is celebrating the ‘Million-Pound Mark’ in waste collected,” Dingman said. “We typically bring in a few thousand pounds of strictly hazardous material each year and last year our combined waste totals breached the million-pound mark.”
To celebrate the milestone, volunteers will be providing free t-shirts to the first two vehicles of the day at each site.
“It is something to be proud of and shows just how dedicated this group and the community has been through the years,” Dingman said.
Operation Clean House is an annual event run by nearly 100 volunteers, under the direction of Brian Worfolk of Phillips 66. To volunteer, sign up using the organization’s volunteer form by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OperationCleanHouse2018 or contact Volunteer Director Liz Brittian at 918-977-4795.
Operation Clean House is made possible thanks to several local organizations, including Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, ChevronPhillips, City of Bartlesville, Washington County, Bartlesville Community Foundation, Walmart Distribution Center, Walmart Store, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Delaware Tribe, Dink’s BBQ, KWON, CableOne, Cunningham Graphics and Truity Credit Union.
For more information about the event and for a list of items accepted for recycling or disposal, see Operation Clean House Washington County or contact the Washington County Commissioners at 918-534-1170.