The MET can take items curbside recycling pickup can't

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 12/30/2013 11:12 pm Published: 12/30/2013 11:01 pm

As holiday parties are winding down, people’s garages are full of trash. People around Tulsa are flooding area recycling drop-off sites.

It probably doesn't surprise anybody that five percent of the MET's annual glass drop-offs happen the week after the new year. Holiday parties keep the MET busy in the beginning of the year. But you might not know what else you can drop off year-round.

With three sites in Tulsa and eight in surrounding areas the MET has been around since 1993. They used to be one of the only places to recycle. Even though the city contracts for curbside pickup at homes, the MET is still there for others.
“For people in apartments or small businesses we’re really the only option,” says MET Creative Media Director Annie Tyndall.

The MET also serves as a supplemental resource for recycling things curbside pickup won't collect.

“Cooking oil and motor oil are two of the things we collect at our sites that isn’t something that ever will be collected at the curb,” says Tyndall.

They'll also take e-waste like telephones, computer monitors, even old Christmas lights.

Another unusual item the MET collects is eyeglasses.

“Over here you’ll see the little Lion’s Club thing. They collect them for us. And they’ll be analyzed and re purposed in whatever way they can,” says Tyndall.

They take all kinds of batteries and plastic bags as well. You can find a drop off location close to you by visiting the FOX Box.

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