Lawton allows citizens to get rid of unwanted materials

Lawton allows citizens to get rid of unwanted materials

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The City of Lawton hosted its annual trash off day allowing citizens the chance to get rid of unwanted materials Saturday.

Director of Lawton Neighborhood Services Joshua Leach says last year this event was cancelled because of weather, but the sunshine has made today a win-win for everyone.

"There's some things that just cannot go to the landfill normally whereas today we are taking care of all of that and they are very thankful that we are able to take care of this," said Leach.

Leach says he is impressed with how many citizens have decided to take advantage of this opportunity.

"In the last hour and a half so far about 300 citizens have shown up. I've seen everything from riding lawn mowers to very large refrigerators. A lot of tires and a lot of folks have already taken advantage of the liquid hazardous materials. We have seen several hundred gallons of that already," said Leach.

Leach says getting rid of trash is not the only opportunity that citizens were given. They also got the chance to make donations to Goodwill.

"We have seen people trying to throw away stuff that worked just fine and we re-directed them over to goodwill that way it actually gets re-purposed," said Leach.

Leach says he hopes Saturday's experience will lead citizens to take pride in their property as well as the city as a whole.

"We drive by areas all the time and unfortunately we see a lot of junk and debris in people's yards and we would rather not site them and go through that process. We would rather help them. This is why we do this event it to help the community out," said Leach.

After the first two hours of the trash off they had already made two trips to the city landfill to drop off loads of garbage.

If you weren't able to make it out Saturday's event there is still a chance to get rid of your unwanted materials.

The city offers a bulk collection service twice a year per utility account. You can call in to schedule an appointment to come pick up at 580-581-3413 or 580-581-3428.

Each bulk pick up must be limited to 6 cubic yards. Construction materials, tires, railroad ties, and loose trash will not be accepted.

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