What do i do with this stuff? | Focus on the four

Admit it, we know you’ve asked the question. Sometimes it’s tough to know exactly where – or how – to dispose of an item.

Click here for the answers you’ve been looking for!

City of Tulsa Refuse and Recycling

You know the saying – one person’s trash is another’s treasure.

We agree. In fact, we think trash is a really big deal. That’s why we’re committed to turning trash (refuse) into resources in all kinds of ways:

  • We operate effective recycling programs that help Tulsans reduce the impact of trash on the environment.
  • We created a waste-to-energy program before it was cool. When landfill space in Tulsa was questionable, the Walter B. Hall Energy Recovery plant was built and converting trash to energy began. For the last 30 years, it’s held steady as a valuable recovery system for metals and a source for steam energy that fuels one of Tulsa’s largest oil refineries.
  • We helped open Tulsa’s new facility for disposal of household pollutants.

There’s value in trash. It’s demonstrated in our vision, and in the many successful trash programs managed by City of Tulsa staff.

Who are we? We’re the City of Tulsa refuse & recycling staff and members of the Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy – TARE.


A one-stop shop aimed at convenience for residents–

Tulsa residents can now utilize Tulsa311, a network comprised of multiple platforms to contact the City of Tulsa. With a registered account, citizens may request city services and manage and receive updates on service orders submitted to the City of Tulsa. Citizens may also report city issues such as potholes, high grass, missed pickups, etc.

  • Self-serve Website – www.Tulsa311.com
  • Mobile App – Compatible with Android and iOS systems
  • Phone – Dial 311 from a cell phone or landline
  • Chat – Available from the City’s website, www.cityoftulsa.org. The chat feature is available to customers during regularly scheduled business hours.
Tulsa 2017 by the Numbers

The year 2017 was a busy year for trash in Tulsa. Take a look at the numbers and see the many ways TARE and City of Tulsa staff worked to keep our city clean.


Did you know–

that more than 80 percent of your household waste is recyclable? Many items can be recovered and sold to recycling vendors, who will then turn the commodities into new products. The best part is that by recycling, you help keep your trash rates down.

To make recycling easier, the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE) board launched a recycling education program – “Focus on the Four.”

Click here for more information about Tulsa’s “Focus on the Four recycling program and how you can make a difference.

Residential Trash

We get it –

most people don’t think about their trash after it leaves the curb. But just in case you were wondering…

The City of Tulsa has an extensive system for recovering resources from regular old household waste. Even at the waste-to-energy plant, metals are reclaimed from trash after it is burned. The incinerator produces valuable steam energy that helps power a local refinery.

Our trash service is based on a “pay-as-you-throw” model that allows you to control how much you pay each month. The less trash you throw out, the smaller the cart you need. And the smaller the cart you need, the less you pay.

Click here for more information about Tulsa’s residential trash program.

Green Waste

Grass. Leaves. Branches. Plants.

Tulsa is a green city, and our yards generate a lot of organic or garden material – what we call “green waste.” It’s a valuable source of firewood for the winter, mulch for your flower beds and this yard waste can be used on land reclamation sites.

The City of Tulsa’s trash service makes this green waste removal simple.

How to dispose of your yard waste:

If you want to learn more about how to dispose of your green waste, click here for more information about the green waste/yard waste services offered by the City of Tulsa.

Another green option – City of Tulsa’s mulch site:

If you want your green waste to be recovered and used for a green solution, take it for free to the City of Tulsa’s mulch facility at 2100 N. 145th East. Ave. The facility is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except City holidays) – just bring your driver’s license or your City of Tulsa utility bill.

Bulky Waste

Every household has those BIG items–

items that just can’t fit into your trash cart – an old sofa, your broken bicycle, the black-and-white TV gathering dust in your spare bedroom.

Fortunately, the City of Tulsa provides a handy bulky waste collection service to help you remove those items so you can tidy up around your house and yard.

There is a $10 fee per bulky waste collection, with a pre-set volume of approximately eight cubic yards (approximately the size of a small vehicle such as a Volkswagen Beetle).

To schedule a bulky waste collection, call (918) 596-9777 at least two business days before your primary service day. The collection of bulky waste items will occur on your primary service day.

Click here for more information about Tulsa’s Bulky Waste services and a list of the items that are accepted.

Household Pollutants

Many household items can pose a serious threat–

to the environment if they’re not handled correctly – items like lawn chemicals, household cleaners and oil-based paint.

To make disposal of these items safer and easier, TARE and the City of Tulsa offers a new collection facility open year-round and free for Tulsa residents to dispose of household pollutants by appointment (NOT available for commercial companies or businesses).

Tulsa’s Household Pollutant facility is the first of its kind in northeast Oklahoma, and certified staff with more than 25 years of experience and training are on site to handle household pollutant materials.

Open by appointment only: Call (918) 591-4325
Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4502 S. Galveston Ave.

Click here for more information about Tulsa’s new Household Pollutants facility and a list of items that are accepted.

Misc. Stuff

Many household items can pose a serious threat

There’s much more to the City of Tulsa’s solid waste services than carts at your curb. MUCH more. We also oversee the following services:

Dead Animal Removal

Dead animals will be removed from public streets or private property if the animals are placed at the curb for pickup. This service is provided at no charge. Call (918) 596-9777 and provide the exact location and specific direction to the pick-up site. All calls received on the weekends will be serviced on the next working day.

Neighborhood Dumpster Program

The City of Tulsa’s Neighborhood Dumpster Program is a service available to registered neighborhood groups to perform neighborhood clean-up activities. Participating groups can make use of 30-yard containers to dispose of eligible household items twice a year. To learn more or to schedule a dumpster for your neighborhood, call (918) 596-2100.

Special Service for the Physically Limited

The City of Tulsa offers a special service for residents who are unable to place their trash at the curb due to a physical limitation or disability. Click here to learn more about the program eligibility requirements and to download the Special Services form.

Help Tulsa Stop Illegal Dumping

Dumping trash in the City of Tulsa is illegal. Remember, the fine for illegal dumping can be up to $5,000! Residents may report illegal dumping online at 311 or call (918) 596-9777.

About TARE

Who’s the brains–

behind all of Tulsa’s great trash programs and services? It’s the Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE), a public trust organization created by City of Tulsa charter.

TARE’s responsibilities are to manage policy for Tulsa’s trash system, which includes residential and commercial solid waste, recycling, curbside yard waste and bulky waste, and to set rates for trash services delivered within the City of Tulsa.

Board Members:

Mayor G.T. Bynum or his designee Christina da Silva
Dorinda Alexander , Chair | Term expires July 31, 2018
Priscilla Harris, Vice-Chair | Term expires July 31, 2019
Patrick Connelly, | Term expires July 31, 2019
Tracie Chandler | Term expires July 31, 2020
Jeannie Cue | Term expires July 31, 2020
Elizabeth Osburn | Term expires July 31 2021