Recycling partnership kicks off

Recycle event

By Ray Dyer

A recycling effort in Canadian County is partnering local and state agencies and will give residents an opportunity to “do the right thing.”

Jimmy Gibbens, deputy director of the Department of Environmental Quality, said DEQ often “catches people doing the wrong thing.” He said the recycling effort promoted by that agency as well as the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and OSU Extension will make it easy for “us to catch people doing the right thing.”

Gibbens, OEMA Manager David Griesel and Jeanette Nance, executive director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, kicked off the “OEMA Environmental Days” in El Reno on Wednesday. They were joined by Canadian County District 2 Commissioner David Anderson, who serves on the OEMA board.

The ceremony kicked off a two-month campaign to encourage recycling. From now until May 31, Canadian County residents are able to drop off some items that are not typically accepted at the El Reno and Union City landfill. A number of the items can be dropped off at no charge.

Residents may bring the following items to be recycled:

  • Old tires
  • Batteries (automotive, equipment and renewable batteries – no dry cells)
  • Used motor oil in sealed containers
  • Antifreeze in sealed containers
  • Appliances (with or without refrigerant – $25 charge for appliances with refrigerant)
  • E-waste

Griesel said the landfill will accept these items from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Union City landfill. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to noon. Items can also be dropped at the OEMA headquarters, 1505 S. Rock Island, El Reno, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nance said events such as this encourage communities to coordinate community-wide cleanups of used tires and other recyclables. Communities that engage in community-wide cleanups and other environmental service projects can be recognized by DEQ and KOB as an Oklahoma Clean Community.

Griesel estimated 2,500 old tires will be turned in during the campaign along with 1,000 gallons of motor oil and 200 automotive batteries.

Anderson praised the recycling partnership. He said taxpayers “appreciate” government agencies working together to improve the quality of life. 

For more information, contact the OEMA office at (405) 262-0161. For more information on the used tire recycling program or how to become an Oklahoma Clean Community, contact Ferrella March at ferrella.march@deq.ok.gov, or (405) 702-5175.