Tulsa Public Schools Completes School Chemical Disposal Program

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2020
Contact: Erin Hatfield, (405) 437-8468, erin.hatfield@deq.ok.gov

Tulsa Public Schools, working with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), recently completed efforts to safely dispose of unwanted, outdated and hazardous chemicals from laboratories across the school district. This effort was accomplished through DEQ’s School Chemical Disposal Program.

The chemical disposal process began in November 2019, and the last disposal was completed in August 2020. Disposal efforts occurred at eight sites across the school district. In total, DEQ spent over $100,000 to safely pack, transport and dispose of the chemicals, making Tulsa Public Schools laboratories safer places to learn.

The School Chemical Disposal Program provides a free, one-time disposal of unwanted, outdated and dangerous laboratory chemicals to schools across Oklahoma. Safe chemical disposal provides for a safer laboratory environment for Oklahoma’s students and teachers.

To apply for the program, please contact Katrina Pollard at (405) 702-5112 or katrina.pollard@deq.ok.gov. For more information about the School Chemical Disposal Program, visit: https://www.deq.ok.gov/land-protection-division/cleanup-redevelopment/site-cleanup-assistance/school-chemical-disposal-program/