In charge of trash pickup in Midwest City, Oklahoma is the city's Sanitation Division. Here are some common questions regarding trash pickup, bulk pickup, schedules and recycling in Midwest City.
Where do I put my trash?
If you live within the limits of Midwest City, you are provided a poly-cart for your household waste, and trash service charges (9.50 per month for single-family residences as of 2012) are billed monthly on your city utility account. 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, you'll need to ask for one when initiating utility service at City Hall, 100 N. Midwest Boulevard. Sometimes, it takes as long 10 days for a poly-cart to be delivered.
The city specifically says they will not pick up garbage in any containers other than the provided poly-carts. Place your cart curbside no earlier than 7 p.m. the night before your scheduled pickup and no later than 7 a.m. on the morning of your pickup. Each cart is limited to 200 pounds of garbage, and residents should place the cart within 2 feet of the curb, not behind a parked car, hedge or other obstruction. After pickup, remove it no later than 7 p.m. on the day of collection.
For information on your specific day of collection, contact the Midwest City Sanitation Department at (405) 739-1370 or visit City Hall.
What if one cart is not enough?
The city of Midwest City has additional poly-carts available for an additional charge, currently $5 per month. To get one, simply call (405) 739-1252 or (405) 739-1254.
Midwest City doesn't have a special pickup day for this kind of waste. However, each resident is allowed a free dump up to 4 times a year at the city's refuse station (8730 S.E. 15th), also called the transfer station. Just bring a current Midwest City utility bill and a driver's license showing proof of residency.
If you've used up your 4 free drop-offs, you can still bring household waste to the transfer station but for an additional charge, based on load size. Also, see the information below on bulk items.
What about bulk items?
You'll need to request a special pickup. These take place on Wednesdays and must be scheduled at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. There is an additional charge for this service, $55 per half hour as of late 2014, and the city code specifies that "brush" is limited to what can be handled by one person. Be aware that household appliances are not eligible for special pickup. To schedule, call Midwest City Sanitation at (405) 739-1370.
Other than yard waste, is there anything I can't throw away?
Yes. Based on area health regulations, it is unlawful to dispose of waste that could pose a health risk or "public nuisance." Specifically, Midwest City code mentions pesticides, herbicides, flammable substances, explosive substances and strong oxidants such as swimming pool chemicals. The city's refuse station will not accept these items either, nor can a resident dump tires, appliances with compressors, batteries, paints, solvents, or motor oil.
So what do I do with those hazardous materials?
You can take them to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free. Just schedule a drop-off by calling (405) 739-1049. Items are received on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only, from 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. To find out what you can and can't drop off, see this fact sheet.
Does Midwest City provide recycling services?
Yes, as of July 2013, the city has curbside recycling services through Republic. A small monthly fee applies. Collection is bi-weekly, and residents don't need to sort the recyclables. See this list of acceptable materials. To request a cart, call (405) 739-1063.
In addition, the city has a recycling center, and residents are able to use it at no charge. The center is located 8730 S.E. 15th St. and is open from daylight to dark, seven days a week. Accepted are plastic, aluminum, newspapers, and glass.
Also, note that paper and magazine recycling bins are located in the Midwest City Library parking lot at 8143 E. Reno Avenue.