On Monday, City Commissioners approved a partnership with the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma to host a household hazardous waste collection event in the City of Shawnee.

On Monday, City Commissioners approved a partnership with the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma to host a household hazardous waste collection event in the City of Shawnee.

City Manager Justin Erickson said the city was approached by the Kickapoo Tribe, suggesting the two entities host a household hazardous waste event.

“The Kickapoo Tribe received some Federal grant funding for environmental work, and with the leftover funds is willing to contribute toward an event with the city,” Erickson said.

Central Disposal has offered their site and staff assistance at no cost, he said.

It has been many years since the city hosted such an event.

Erickson said the city has an agreement with Oklahoma City, but residents have to drive to Oklahoma City to dispose of materials and pay applicable fees, which can be pretty steep, Erickson said.

Common items disposed include pesticides and herbicides, paints, batteries, lawn care products, fuels and pool chemicals.

The event would be free and open to all residents of the City of Shawnee and all Tribal members from participating tribes. Commercial waste will not be accepted.

Erickson said the estimated expense for the city’s portion is likely somewhere below $25,000 — the amount he requested authorization to spend. An exact figure is not known yet because it is dependent on the quantity of material that ends up being collected.

He said the Shawnee Municipal Authority has approximately $100,000 remaining in a budgeted line item for contingencies; funding for this activity would come from that account.

Erickson said depending on collections and turnout, he hopes to make the effort an annual one.

“Some other cities do this once or twice a year,” he said.

The request passed 6-0, in favor; City Commissioner Lesa Shaw was not at the meeting.

According to the agenda, the event is tentatively planned for Nov. 11 or 18 at the Central Disposal site on 45th Street.

Watch for updates.