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Green Waste Controversy Stirs Mayoral Race

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The bags may be transparent, but from Kathy Taylor's perspective, the green waste issue is anything but.

"It continues this lack of transparency and accountability and I think a crisis in confidence at city hall," she said.

The mayoral candidate, calling out her opponent, after QuikTrip received a refund from the city for the thousands of green waste stickers the company bought.

"I think it's time for the city to refund the money that has been paid by citizens who did not get the service they contracted for for the green waste," said Taylor.

"This is just another bit of negative silliness that we've heard now for several weeks in a row," said Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

As to whether or not officials are considering a city wide refund?

"No, no not that I'm aware of. I know that the TARE board is still evaluating the issue, things aren't over yet," he said.

As for QuikTrip, they say it's not a political issue to them, it's simply business, as they themselves have granted refunds for green waste sticker sales.

"It doesn't matter if it's a fountain drink, it's a food item, or it's gasoline, if there's a problem, they're unhappy, I mean we reimburse it to them," said QT spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.

Getting down and dirty, an interchangeable phrase between the worlds of trash and politics.

"At the end of the day, the trash is being picked up, the green waste in whatever shape or form it's taken away, and it's now being converted into green energy," said Bartlett.

"If mayor Bartlett does not agree to refund this money, when I'm elected November 12th, I will cause it to happen," said Taylor.

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