What to know about Tulsa's recycling program

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/05/2012 7:28 pm Published: 10/05/2012 4:12 pm

Five days into Tulsa’s new recycling program and it’s already setting records. This year, there are thousands more people involved in Tulsa’s recycling program than before. Mary Ann Gugliuzza loves having more space and in 8 months of recycling, she has noticed a big change in her family’s trash.

"It's just adding to the garbage when you put that in the regular trash."

Tulsa had nearly 16,000 people signed up to recycle before the new program began. But now that 111,000 Tulsans are recycling curbside, they’re contributing to this….80 to 90,000 tons of recyclables a day. Once it’s all processed, it’s made into bales and shipped off to be sold. But just five days in, Tulsans are still learning what can and can’t go in the blue bin.

"We are asking residents not to bag the recyclables because of the way that they are processed,” says Liz Hunt with the City of Tulsa.

It’s always a good idea to rinse out any jars or plastic containers that can leave a residue and make sure you bag any shredded paper so as not to cause a big mess for the person picking up your recycling.

Don't put any broken glass or trash inside your cart because this can harm the person collecting it and contaminate the bin. Remember that trash and recycling pickups are done by separate crews. The recycle crew has until 8PM to pick up your recyclables.

The money used from the recycle products is put back into the City of Tulsa's budget, therefore helping to keep your costs down.

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duckbuster - 10/15/2012 6:07 AM
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We are quite happy to be able to participate in the recycling program. There was a quick comment, I am unsure of which local station, where the reporterette explained there is a problem with glass being broken and people should consider putting their bottles etc in a bag to contain any breakage/prevent contamination of the other recyclable materials. In the article it is clearly explained not to do this due to the sorting process. More to the point folks, they use a trash truck to pick up recyclables, which is dumped into the steel truck from a 2 foot drop or so. The recycled materials are then compacted by the same large hydraulic actuatos just as trash is compacted. If you aren't already ahead on this comment, the compaction is going to break glass if the drop doesn't. Then vibration from driving around, and constant compacting while loading is going to cause the glass to cut through any bag . If it is that big an issue, and recycling glass is that profitable, perhaps a third can and truck, or some other remedy is in order. Maybe recycled cardboard boxes for glass? Jeff

fluzwup - 10/5/2012 10:02 PM
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80 to 90,000 tons of recycling per day? That's about 3.8 TONS per household per week. I think someone's off by a couple of orders of magnitude on their math.
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