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

Sometimes it’s tough to know exactly where — or how — to dispose of an item. Hopefully, this site will make it a lot easier. 

Click here for a full list of items!

City of Tulsa Refuse and Recycling

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

Agreed! In fact, trash is a really big deal and the City of Tulsa is committed to turning trash (refuse) into resources in various ways:

• By operating effective recycling programs
• By creating a waste-to-energy program
• By operating a facility for the disposal of residential household pollutants

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

TULSA311 App

A one-stop shop aimed at convenience for residents–

Tulsa residents can now utilize Tulsa311 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 other city issues, such as potholes, high grass, missed pickups, etc.

Self-Serve Website: www.Tulsa311.com
Mobile App: compatible with Android
Phone: dial 311 from a cell phone or landline
Chat: available on the City’s website, www.cityoftulsa.org, the chat feature is available to customers during regularly scheduled business hours

Tulsa 2019 by the Numbers

2019 was a busy year for trash in Tulsa. 

Take a look at the numbers to see the many ways Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE) and the City of Tulsa staff worked to keep our city clean.


Do you know–

Over 80 percent of your household waste is recyclable.

Many items can be recovered and sold to recycling vendors, who 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 TARE board launched a recycling education program.

Click here for more information about Tulsa’s 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 household waste. At the waste-for-energy plant, your trash is burned, creating energy. Metals are reclaimed from the ash, and the steam energy produced by the incinerator 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 use, 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 green waste.

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

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 reused, take it to the City of Tulsa’s mulch facility, at 2100 N. 145th East Ave. Tulsa, OK 74116. This service is free of charge for Tulsa and Broken Arrow residents. The facility is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except on City holidays) — just bring your driver’s license or your current City of Tulsa utility bill.

Not a city of Tulsa or Broken Arrow resident? Non-residents may dispose of their green waste also. Click here for more info

Bulky Waste

Every household has those BIG items–

Items that can’t fit into your trash cart — an old sofa, your broken bicycle, an old box TV — can still be disposed of.
The City of Tulsa provides a handy bulky waste collection service to help you remove those items.

There is a $10 fee per pre-set volume of approximately ten cubic yards (approximately the size of a small vehicle).

To schedule a bulky waste collection, call (918) 596-9777. 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 acceptable items.

Household Pollutants

Some household items can pose a serious threat.

If not handled correctly, items like lawn chemicals, household cleaners and oil-based paints can cause serious harm to the environment.

To make disposal of these items safer and easier, TARE and the City of Tulsa operates a residential collection facility, open year-round and free for Tulsa residents, to dispose of household pollutants by appointment.

Tulsa’s Household Pollutant facility is the first of its kind in northeast Oklahoma and has a certified staff on-site with many years of collective experience and training on how to handle household pollutant materials.

Open by appointment only: call (918) 591-4325 to schedule an appointment.
4502 S. Galveston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74107

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


Misc. Stuff

It’s not just about the carts at your curb.

The City of Tulsa’s refuse and recycling services have more to offer. The following services are also provided:

Dead Animal Removal

Upon request, dead animals will be removed from public streets or private property — if the animals are placed at the curb for pickup. Small animal pickup services are provided at no charge. Large animals such as cows or horses may also be picked up for a fee. Call (918) 596-9777 for more information and provide the exact location and specific directions to the pick-up site. All calls received after hours and on the weekends will be serviced on the next working day. For more info, click here.

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. To learn more or to schedule a dumpster for your neighborhood, click here.

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 request form.

Help Tulsa Stop Illegal Dumping

Dumping trash in the City of Tulsa is illegal. The fine for illegal dumping can be up to $500! Residents may report illegal dumping online at Tulsa311 or by calling (918) 596-9777.

About TARE

Who put all of this together?

The Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE), a public trust organization created by a City of Tulsa charter, is behind all of these great services.

TARE’s responsibilities are to manage policy for Tulsa’s refuse and recycling system — which includes residential and commercial 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
Patrick Connelly, Chair | Term expires July 31, 2022
Priscilla Harris, Vice-Chair | Term expires July 31, 2022
Crista Patrick, Councilor | Term expires July 31, 2020
Dorinda Alexander | Term expires July 31, 2021
Elizabeth Osburn | Term expires July 31, 2021
Tracie Chandler | Term expires July 31, 2020