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Getting Your City to Recycle

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While many cities in Oklahoma have recycling programs, there are still many that don’t. So what can you do if your city doesn’t have a recycling program? It’s not something that will happen overnight but there are things you can do to encourage your city to recycle.

  • Talk to city officials and ask questions like, have you looked into having a recycling program? What would be your concerns about offering recycling?
  • Talk to people in your city to find out if others are interested in recycling. You can even set up a free survey on Google Docs or many other sites and share it on sites like Facebook, to find out what the interest levels are.
  • Consider starting a recycling coalition. I serve on the board for the recycling coalition in my town and while as long as I’ve been on it my town has had recycling, we did help get a curbside recycling program started a little over a year ago. It’s a very small group, with few funds, but the people are passionate.
  • Talk to nearby towns, that are about the same size, that have recycling programs. You can try and find out how their program got started and if they have any tips.
  • If your city contracts out your trash, see if you can talk to the trash company to find out if they offer recycling.
  • Ask to speak at a city council meeting about recycling and your desire to have recycling in your town.
  • Check out the Oklahoma Recycling Association, they have a lot of great information on recycling.
  • Most importantly, don’t give up and get others involved.

If you choose to take on this project it can be a lot of work but if you are able to make it happen you will have a lasting impact on your city and even the world.


Have a tip for how to start a recycling program? Post in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We would also love to hear from you if you helped get your city to start a recycling program or are working on doing so, send us an email at gogreenokla@gmail.com

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Lisa Sharp is the founder of Green Oklahoma. She is passionate about the environment and improving Oklahoma for future generations. She also writes on her personal blog Retro Housewife Goes Green.
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