Woodward, Okla. —
The City of Woodward is helping its citizens get an early start to sprucing up their homes for the holidays with free dumping at the landfill this Saturday.
As part of the semi-annual “Trash Off Day,” Woodward citizens can dispose of items at the Northwest Oklahoma Solid Waste Disposal landfill at no charge as long as they show their city water bill as proof of residency.
Free dumping will only be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14.
City Sanitation Superintendent Roger Arnold said normal landfill regulations will remain in effect.
“No batteries, no hazardous materials and things like that,” Arnold said.
In addition, he said, “we won't pay for demolition materials. So if they're tearing down a house we won't pay for them to dump that.”
However, he said, “they can still take tires out there.”
In fact, Arnold said that tires up to 52-inches can be disposed of at the landfill any day for free.
“But tires need to be separated from the other trash because they go in different places,” he said.
In previous years, the city's autumnal Trash Off Day has been held later in the season around mid-October or early-November. However, Arnold said the event was moved up this year for a couple of reasons.
The biggest reason was the weather, he said, because interestingly it seems that whenever the city schedules a Trash Off Day, rain comes through the area and the event has to be postponed.
“We wanted to try to get it done before the weather gets bad (this fall),” Arnold said.
Ironically, after the event was scheduled, the National Weather Service issued a forecast predicting a 30 to 40 percent chance of storms for the area later this week.
But, Arnold said that by setting this year's event early, even if it has to be rescheduled, there will be plenty of time for people to get some junk cleared from their homes before having to worry about holiday preparations.
And by holding it before fall break and the holidays, he said residents don't have to worry about missing the event for travel reasons.
“It helps people because there aren't any holidays coming right up, so they're not out of town and still have a chance to get their stuff cleaned up,” he said.