Posted on: October 19, 2016

BA Signs Waste Disposal Contract with Renewable Energy Facility

Trash crews with a rubbish truck

Beginning December 1, 2016, City of Broken Arrow Sanitation crews will transport solid waste collected to the Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy Facility instead of the landfill. In addition to substantially less tipping fees than our current fees at the landfill, disposing waste with Covanta is environmentally friendly and is a responsible alternative to landfill disposal. It will reduce the volume of waste to be disposed by 90 percent and generates valuable renewable energy, resulting in a net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional landfill practices.

“The average Broken Arrow household generates about 203 pounds of solid waste per month. When you add up all the households we service, that’s a lot of trash that was ending up in the landfill,” said General Services Director Lee Zirk. “We’re very excited about using a more sustainable method of waste disposal that will create renewable energy.”

According to Covanta, a single kitchen bag of trash has the potential to keep a compact fluorescent light bulb aglow for approximately four days. Broken Arrow’s Sanitation Division provides refuse pickup services to more than 33,000 residential solid waste customers. The estimated annual cost for Broken Arrow to use the Covanta plant is $490,000, based on a projected 40,000 tons of refuse to be collected in Fiscal Year 2017.

Some items appropriate for disposal at the landfill are not accepted by the Covanta Renewable Energy Facility. As a result, our Sanitation crews will have to collect some larger, bulkier items during a separate pickup. A bulky waste pickup will be required for the following items:

  • Roofing, materials and/or wood from remodeling, privacy or other fencing
  • Bags of dirt, rocks or concrete
  • Large items such as: mattresses and/or box spring sets, hot water heaters, disassembled swing sets, furniture items, major appliances, carpet rolls, lawn mowers, lawn and yard equipment
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners (with proper documentation) *
  • Large piles of yard waste or brush that is not or cannot be bundled

*(accepted only if the proper documentation is attached that documents the refrigerant has been properly removed by a licensed CFC technician)

Customers will need to call and schedule a bulky waste pickup by calling the Action Center at 918-258-3587 or making a request online at These pickups will occur weekly on Thursdays and Fridays. As usual, the standard pickup charges will apply. Rate information is available at

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