Spring clean-up: Vouchers permit free trip to landfill

January 28, 2020

Bartlesville residents who haven’t yet received their voucher for a free trip to Osage Landfill in their utility bill should get it in their next bill, Public Works Director Keith Henry said this week.

“If you haven’t gotten your voucher yet, don’t panic,” Henry said. “The Utility Billing Office said Monday the last of the vouchers will go out in utility bills this week, so everyone should have their voucher with this round.”

Anyone who hasn’t received their voucher by Feb. 4 should contact the Utility Billing Office at 918.338.4224.

The voucher program allows Bartlesville residents to dispose of unwanted household goods free of charge anytime before Dec. 31, 2020. Customers must present a current City of Bartlesville utility bill to landfill staff before items can be discarded.

The program is intended to assist residents who have unwanted household items that are too large for regular trash collection. Items not permitted include complete structures, roofs, trees and vehicles, tires, batteries, hazardous material, wet paint, appliances that have not had the compressors removed, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, and demolished structures. Note that appliances must be certified “Freon free” if the compressor is not removed. All appliances that have compressors must have the compressors removed before disposal. The compressor can be disposed of if it is removed; it is recommend that a licensed refrigerant technician be contacted for the removal.

The voucher is valid for City of Bartlesville Residential Solid Waste customers only. No commercial accounts or contractors will be permitted. One voucher is issued per customer and may not be duplicated.

Residents may take their items to Osage Landfill during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Henry said last year 1,884 customers utilized the voucher system to discard unwanted items, compared to 1,637 the year before. The cost to operate the program in 2019 was $27,084, up from $20,342 in 2018.

For questions or more information, contact the Public Works Department at 338-4131.

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