By Traci Chapman
A rain barrel pickup event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Yukon Development Services, 334 Elm.
The use of a rain barrel saves money, helps reduce stormwater pollution, conserves water supply resources, and is better for plants and gardens.
Order by phone at (815) 735-9583 or online at https://www.upcycle-products/ok-programs. Forms for mail-in orders may be picked up at Yukon Development Services, 334 Elm, or the Mabel C. Fry Public Library, 1200 Lakeshore.
A specific link to a combined Yukon-Mustang-Bethany event can be found on the Upcycle website, located at https://upcycle-products.com/ok-programs/bmy/.
The city’s rain barrel initiative is in part thanks to a partnership between Oklahoma municipalities – including Yukon – and Central Oklahoma Storm Water Alliance. COSWA also offers webinars and other resources, including tips on making a do-it-yourself rain barrel. That information can be found online at https://www.coswa.wordpress.com.
Rain barrels are traditionally placed under downspouts and collect water coming off a home or other structure’s roof. Water can be used for cleaning, to water plants, lawns and gardens – but should not be used for cooking, bathing or drinking, officials advised.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Service, rain barrels can save a homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water – which can mean cost savings, as well as keeping runoff from entering stormwater runoff systems.
More information concerning rain barrels, their usage and benefits can be found online at https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-rain-barrels.
Items are available for purchase thanks to a municipal partnership with Upcycle Products. The Mustang pickup event is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 and will take place at Yukon Development Services, 334 Elm.
Yukon residents who order a rain barrel should bring their payment receipt to the April 22 pickup event, officials said.
Residents are encouraged to order rain barrels before March 31 to ensure availability.
Rain barrels are available in black, gray, terra-cotta, and blue. According to Upcycle’s website, 55-barrel rain receptacles are available in a variety of colors; overflow upgrades, pedestals and other items are also available for sale on the site. Prices are $63.50, according to the site, which includes a $2.50 credit card convenience fee.
Oklahoma City Program
Oklahoma City also has a program through Upcycle for its residents, including those who live in Canadian County – some of whom live within Yukon’s postal code.
Oklahoma City’s rain barrel initiative comes courtesy of a partnership between COSWA and the city, offered in conjunction with its city council’s passage of an urban agriculture ordinance that allows up to two 85-gallon rain barrels in a residence’s front yard.
There is no restriction on the number of rain barrels located on the side or back of a property, as long as they are not visible from the street.
“The containers must be securely covered and any openings must be covered with a screen that prevents the infestation of insects and other pests,” the city stated in a release from its storm water quality management department.
Oklahoma City residents must place an online order by May 1 or submit a mail-in order form by April 24. Barrel pick-ups will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 7 and May 14 at the city’s household hazardous waste collection facility, located at 1621 S. Portland.
In addition to Yukon and Oklahoma City, Mustang, Bethany, Edmond, Midwest City, Choctaw, Norman, Newcastle, Moore, Noble, Stillwater and Tulsa participate in the Upcycle municipal program.