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Pollutant Collection

Bellmon Awards

The next hazardous waste collection is November 6 & 7 at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Each day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., residents (no businesses!) can drop off their hazardous waste at 15th & Sandusky.

On a beautiful Thursday night in September, the MET accepted the award for environmental stewardship at the Henry Bellmon Sustainability Awards. The awards honor individuals and organizations that dedicate themselves to a balanced approach toward quality of life for all, responsible economic growth, and environmental stewardship.

The event is free and open to residents of Tulsa, Tulsa County, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso and Sand Springs. What to Bring: Household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, old medications, pool chemicals, aerosol paint cans, stains, paint thinner, oil-based paint (no latex), items with mercury, small ammunition, fluorescent light bulbs. Why no latex? Latex paint is not hazardous. It is waterbased and can be disposed of by simply taking the lid off and letting it dry out. Add kitty litter, sawdust or shredded newspaper to speed up the drying, and contact your trash hauler about pickup. Batteries? Oil? Antifreeze? Don’t wait for the collection! The MET accepts household batteries, car batteries, oil and antifreeze (5 gallon limit per visit) all year at all our recycling centers. To find a location near you, visit www.metrecycle.com.

Art Camp Goes Green Each summer, local kids attend the WaterWorks Arts Studio summer camp to create their own masterful artpieces. This year, the art was created with reclaimed materials, including several hundred lids supplied by the MET. cardboard boxes, cereal boxes and plastic lids. The art ranged from elephants made from plastic milk jugs to a life-sized robot factory and team of robots made from boxes and paper towel tubes. Congratulations to all the campers for making such beautiful and creative pieces of art! They serve as a living example of the old axiom, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”.

“We accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers that make the MET’s projects possible,” said Michael Patton. “This award really belongs to them.” To all our dedicated volunteers–thank you!

Compost Matters With fall officially here, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with all those leaves you’re about to have in your yard. We encourage you start composting. Don’t bag up your leaves and grass and send them to the landfill. Instead, turn them into a powerful soil additive that you can add to your gardens! Composting is simple – to start, you just need to pile leaves, grass and food scraps (no meats or dairy) in a corner of your yard. To make quick compost, mix it up with a rake or shovel once a week, keep it wet, and keep adding more materials to it! The pile will turn into an oven and cook the leaves and grass until it turns into compost. We have hosted several compost workshops, lectures and bin sales to promote composting, and we’re not finished yet! The next compost bin sale will be held at the Broken Arrow Farmers’ Market on October 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Continued on next page. Organic Material Grass, Leaves, Fruit, Vegetables, Newspaper, Egg Shells, Coffee Grounds, Kitchen Waste, Woody Materials

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New Website Launched The MET recently completed an overhaul of its website. Many upgrades have been made, including print-at-home recycling labels for your own bins, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration, pictures and maps to recycling centers, information on hazardous waste and composting, and a new recycling directory. There’s also a new Frequently Asked Questions section and an updated Bin Loan & Event Recycling page. Reading something you like? You can easily share any page by clicking ‘share’. Browse through all the changes for yourself at www.metrecycle.com.

Nominations Open for Recycling Awards The MET is now accepting nominations for its annual America Recycles Day Awards. People across the state are encouraged to nominate individuals, organizations, schools and businesses who have made a difference in our environment. The award categories are: Recycler of the Year

Recycling Business

Green Government

Green School

Green Business

Environmental Student

Green Non-Profit

Green Event

Award winners will be recognized at the America Recycles Day Banquet in mid-November. It’s our chance to honor the people in our community who go that extra mile to recycle and encourage environmental efforts. If you know of an organization or individual you would like to nominate for one of the awards, please fill out the nomination form at www.metrecycle.com/news/2212/ or email daniel@metrecycle.com for a form. All nominations are due by October 22. More details about the awards banquet will be released on our website and our facebook in the coming weeks... Stay tuned!

Composting, continued from front page. The bins we’re selling (pictured right) are made of recycled plastic, are easy to assemble, and have lids to keep pests out. Air holes on all sides allow for the movement of air, and there is a sliding door at the bottom that allows you to remove the finished compost. They’re a great size for most homes, and are a great way to start composting. To learn more about composting, visit www.metrecycle.com and click on ‘Composting’. See you at the bin sale!

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MET to Open Recycling Center in Claremore This fall, the MET will open a new recycling center in Claremore. The center, at 810 W. Ramm Rd, will be the MET’s 13th recycling center in the Tulsa area. It will accept many more items for recycling than previous centers in Claremore, which will give Claremore residents more options to recycle more items.

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“We’re excited to give Claremore residents more options to recycle and become greener,” said Michael Patton, executive director of the MET. Charlene Lawrence, Claremore’s representative on the MET’s board of trustees, added, “This is a real win for Claremore. Our residents are dedicated to recycling, and the new recycling center will give them a convenient place to drop off their recyclables.” Set to open in November, the recycling center will accept the following items: #1 & #2 plastic bottles, glass bottles, aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, office paper and junk mail, phone books, cardboard, batteries, car batteries, eyeglasses, steel cans and motor oil (5 gallon limit per day). The new center will be staffed Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. During these hours, workers will be there to help people unload their recyclables. Like all MET centers, residents can drop off items 24 hours a day. The center will be staffed by individuals with disabilities from Home of Hope, a local agency that helps individuals with disabilities learn skills and gain employment in a friendly setting. For more information on the new recycling center, visit metrecycle.com.

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Upcoming Events

BA Compost Bin Sale

October 9, 8 a.m.-noon. Broken Arrow Farmers’ Market, 418 S. Main St. Info: metrecycle.com

Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection

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November 6-7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 15th & Sandusky. No businesses. Info: metrecycle.com

For a complete calendar of events, visit metrecycle.com.

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Green Scene | Fall 2010