City of OKC Ice Storm Debris Update
Original Post from the City of Oklahoma City
Ice storm debris removal crews will start collecting trees and branches from Oklahoma City residential customers beginning Nov. 16.
Pickup is for residential trash collection customers only. Commercial properties – including apartment complexes, schools, churches, homeowners’ association common areas, etc. – are responsible for their own debris removal.
Crews will make two passes to collect the debris from last month’s destructive ice storm. The first round is scheduled to be complete by Jan. 30, and a second pass will be complete by March 6.
Crews will work Monday through Saturday, starting in areas with the most debris near NW 23rd Street and Western Avenue. They will work outward in all four quadrants to pick up an estimated 100,000 tons of tree and limb debris.
A map will be posted to okc.gov with updates showing where collection crews have made their first and second passes. Residents can check the map to get an idea for when collection crews are getting close to their neighborhood.
Residential trash customers may also take tree and limb debris to one of four participating Oklahoma City landfills from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Jan. 2 for free disposal.
Tree & limb set-out guidelines:
- Avoid stacking limbs on water meters. If crews can’t access the home’s water meter they will have to estimate water usage for that month.
- Cut tree limbs and logs into sections 10 feet long or shorter.
- Separate your limbs from regular bulky waste like furniture, carpeting or fencing. Tree and limb debris that’s mixed with bulky waste won’t be collected. Regular bulky waste pickup routes are running as scheduled. Visit okc.gov/mytrashday to find your regular bulky waste pickup day.
- Avoid stacking debris near poles, mailboxes and trees.
- Keep limbs out of the street. It causes safety issues for drivers.
- Leaves can be bagged and put into your Big Blue trash carts for weekly pick-up.
- Rural residents may burn tree debris with a burn permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office.
- It’s illegal to dump limbs in City parks.
The estimated 100,000 tons of tree and limb debris from the ice storm is about double the 50,000 tons of normal bulky waste collected curbside in Oklahoma City in a typical year.
For more information, visit okc.gov or call Utilities Customer Service at (405) 297-2833.
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