Oklahoma struggles with recycling
Oklahoma’s recycling rate is approximately one-third that of the national average (34%).
In 2008 Oklahoma recycled about 170,000 tons of waste. For perspective, Oregon – a nearly identical state population – recycled more than 1.4 million tons of waste that same year.
The state goal is to keep the recycling rate above 10%. To do so, the state hopes to increase access to recycling facilities, curbside recycling and educating the public of its benefits.
Find a recycling facility near you
Visit the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website to find a local recycler.
Recycling helps the environment and the economy?
We all know recycling benefits the environment, but you may not realize the economic boost it offers. Recycling saves money on disposal costs and brings jobs to the community.
According to the EPA, for every 5 tons of waste disposed of in landfills, 1 job is created. On the other hand, the same amount of waste processed at recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.
It’s a win-win:
- New jobs, more money flowing through the state and local economies
- Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less need for virgin materials to manufacture new products
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