In charge of trash pickup in El Reno, Oklahoma is the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority (OEMA). Here are some common questions regarding trash pickup, bulk pickup, schedules and recycling in El Reno.
Where do I put my trash?
If you live within the limits of El Reno, you are provided a poly-cart for your household waste, and trash service charges are billed monthly with your city utilities, due by the 15th of each month.
In all likelihood, there will be a poly-cart at the residence, but if you are moving to town and there is no one there, speak to utility services at 101 N. Choctaw or by calling (405) 262-4070.
Place your cart curbside for pickup.
What if one cart is not enough?
Contrary to many communities in the area, the city of El Reno allows other containers to be placed alongside the poly-cart. During the summer months (May 1 - September 30), you're allowed up to 5 additional bags. That number drops to 3 for the rest of the year. Also permitted are up to 3 wooden and cardboard boxes up to 10 cubic feet, as long as they are securely covered, closed or tied and don't weigh more than 30 pounds.
If you would still like an additional poly-cart, contact El Reno's utility division at (405) 262-4070. A monthly charge applies.
What about grass cuttings, tree limbs or Christmas trees?
You have a couple of options available to you for these items.
First, you may be able to simply place it curbside given the above options for household trash. Also, see the next question on bulk items.
What about bulk items?
El Reno residents can, at no charge, dispose of bulk items at the OEMA landfill (located one-half mile east of U.S. Highway 81 on SW 29th).
Proof of residency is required at drop-off, and each disposal is limited to three cubic yards, four feet high by four feet deep. Accepted items include yard waste, discarded appliances, furniture, carpet, and mattresses. Used electronics are not accepted as part of this service. For more information on bulk items and landfill schedule, contact the city's utility division or OEMA at (405) 262-0161.
Is there anything I can't throw away?
Yes. Items such as tires, appliances with Freon, motor oil, paint, batteries, and other hazardous materials should not be thrown away or dropped off at the landfill. El Reno has an agreement with the city of Oklahoma City regarding the disposal of hazardous materials. Get details on how and where to dispose of such items.
Does El Reno provide recycling services?
No, not at this time. However, note that many schools and churches in town have green and yellow recycling bins for newspapers and magazines. Home improvement stores Home Depot and Lowes will recycle some recyclable batteries, auto parts stores can recycle motor oil, and electronics store Best Buy has a program for recycling used electronics.