OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – Citizens and community members gathered on April 22 to dispose of various recyclable items and learn about responsible recycling habits. The event was hosted by Muscogee (Creek) Nation Environmental Services.
The annual spring and fall event provide an opportunity to recycle large items as well as shred information sensitive paper documents. Large recyclable items accepted included television monitors, washers/dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and car batteries. Traditional recyclables including paper, plastic and aluminum were also accepted.
MCN Environmental Services director James Williams says the event has grown over the past decade with accessibility making it easy for anyone to participate.
“They can just pull up, guys will unload it, tell them thanks and they don’t have to get out of the car, they can just pull through there and open their trunk,” Williams said.
Recyclable items were taken in through a curbside drop off method. Participants hand delivered paper documents with sensitive information to make sure they were properly destroyed. MCN citizens and community members look forward to these recycling events because it allows them to engage with their community and take care of the environment.
The recycling events also allow for the responsible disposal of electronic clutter. Older electronic devices, such as VCRs and antenna phones are still found in recycling bins today.
Whatever the conditions, Williams said MCN Environmental Services is there to collect your recyclables.
“Regardless of rain or shine, we can have them always pull through the garage,” he said. “There are so many people who like to see us get out and visit around”.
The purpose of the event is important because it keeps unnecessary materials from ending up in landfills, and keeps the environment healthy. It also helps prevent illegal dumping; a problem found in rural Oklahoma communities according to Williams.
While these events give MCN Environmental Services a chance to engage with the public every spring and fall, they also offer conservation services year-round such as element quality testing, environmental reviews, and a free recycling center.
The recycling event preceded the Community Clean Up Event, also hosted by MCN Environmental Services. A follow up Earth Day event on April 29, will bring together a group of volunteers to pick up trash along predetermined routes and enjoy a cookout afterward.
MCN Environmental Specialist Kristy Lawson said she enjoys the people that attend MCN Earth Day events.
“My favorite part is seeing the community come together and work towards making it a better place for us all to live in,” Lawson said.
What makes the events all the worthwhile to her is the camaraderie and fellowship with others.
The next MCN recycling event will be hosted in November to celebrate National Recycling Day.