Recycling Program is Adding Up For City of Tulsa - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

Recycling Program is Adding Up For City of Tulsa

Posted: Updated:

If you are making the effort to recycle, it's paying off. The new recycling program is just over a month old now. Tulsa Recycles is reporting that about 90-percent of all customers are recycling.

That means your trash, is becoming the city's treasure.  You could say it is raining money all because of recycling. The recycling center shows how items are sorted and sent down chutes. For example, aluminum cans fall down onto a huge pile. A bale of cans could mean about 14-hundred dollars.

"That money will go back into the city and they will use that to help reduce the cost of trash services," said Tom Hill of American Waste Control.

Customers will not feel the savings for a while. The program is just getting started--with American Waste Controls 10-million dollar recycling center.

It's a partnership, that offers the hauling, sorting and selling. Tulsa expects a 30-thousand dollar paycheck for October.

"We were not making any money before. Recycling was a losing effort," explained Eric Lee, of the City of Tulsa.

Now, it appears to be a win. Most customers are recycling and doing it the right way. 98-percent of what you throw in, makes it.

"Someone makes a mistake and they throw the potatoes in with the recycling bin or they throw in something like a garden hose not recyclable," said Hill, who also congratulated Tulsans for their efforts.

Your water bottles, cardboard boxes--and detergent containers are smashed and shaped into squares.

Soon they'll be sold. Mountains of trash are turning into money. 

Now they are just asking when you throw water bottles or milk jugs, out, make sure you pour the liquids down the drain, first. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Report: OU Running Back Joe Mixon Involved In A Serious Altercation

    Report: OU Running Back Joe Mixon Involved In A Serious Altercation

    Here's the latest on Mixon's run-in near campus early Friday morning.More >>
    Here's the latest on Mixon's run-in near campus early Friday morning.
    More >>
  • Tulsans Protest Against Middle East Violence

    Tulsans Protest Against Middle East Violence

    The conflict may be half a world away, but the passions could be felt just down the street."I'm for a free Palestine, I'm for a free Gaza, I'm for humanity," said one man.Dozens of people descending on the corner of 71st and Memorial, hoping for an end to the violence."I'm not against muslims, Jews, or Christians, I just want us all to live on peace," said one woman.But that is a tall order, when you consider that even though we're half a world away, you can feel the tension right here."Pales...More >>
    The conflict may be half a world away, but the passions could be felt just down the street."I'm for a free Palestine, I'm for a free Gaza, I'm for humanity," said one man.Dozens of people descending on the corner of 71st and Memorial, hoping for an end to the violence."I'm not against muslims, Jews, or Christians, I just want us all to live on peace," said one woman.But that is a tall order, when you consider that even though we're half a world away, you can feel the tension right here."Pales...More >>
  • A Helpful Boxer In Need Of Help

    A Helpful Boxer In Need Of Help

    You may remember meeting Winston back in 2012. He's a Boxer who came from an abusive home and found his way into the arms of a loving family who nursed him back to health. He also donates blood so that other dogs can have life saving surgeries. As it turns out, Winston is now in need of help himself. He has a terrible tooth abscess that is going to require major surgery into his jaw. It's a cost Winston's family can't cover right now and they need help from the public to help their amazing d...More >>
    You may remember meeting Winston back in 2012. He's a Boxer who came from an abusive home and found his way into the arms of a loving family who nursed him back to health. He also donates blood so that other dogs can have life saving surgeries. As it turns out, Winston is now in need of help himself. He has a terrible tooth abscess that is going to require major surgery into his jaw. It's a cost Winston's family can't cover right now and they need help from the public to help their amazing d...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.