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   ODEQ RECYCLING AWARENESS NEWSLETTER                                                         Issue 1 / April 2006

EPA Recycling and Disposal Facts                                                                  CONTENTS

and Figures for the U.S.                                                                      EPA Recycling and Disposal
                                                                                             Facts and Figures for the U.S.
We as a country are recycling more household trash and discarding less                                  pages 1-2

                                                                                             DELL computer recycling event

W       elcome to the first issue of OK
        RECYCLER. The objective of
this triannual Oklahoma Department of
                                                mary of selected information from EPA’s
                                                report entitled “Municipal Solid Waste
                                                Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in
                                                                                                     pages 1-3

                                                                                              Weyerhaeuser “Excellence in
Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on-line            the United States: Facts and Figures for          Recycling Awards”
newsletter is to increase citizen recycling     2003.” A complete copy of the 11-page                   page 4
awareness and participation through             publication can be found at <http://www.
promotion of recycling activities across>                             PROFILES:
                                                                                             Community recycling programs
the state. Prior to discussing Oklahoma’s                For over 30 years the EPA has
                                                                                                     pages 5-7
recycling activities we thought it would        been collecting and reporting data on the
be informative to examine the Environ-          generation and disposal of waste in the      Midland Recycling - An OKC
mental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) most         United States. This information is used to        recycling processor
recent report of recycling activities for the                                                          pages 7-9
United States. What follows is a sum-                       [EPA Facts continued page 2]
                                                                                                  THE BACK PAGE
                                                                                                  Calendar of Events
                                                                                                       page 10
DELL computer
recycling event                                                                              A triannual publication of the
                                                                                              Oklahoma Department of

O      n Saturday, November 12, 2005,                                                           Environmental Quality
       DELL, Inc. sponsored a computer
recycling event at the new DELL Okla-
homa City (OKC) facility located at 3501
SW 15th Street. Consumers were invited
to drop-off, free of charge, any make or
model of computers and related equip-
ment including CPU’s, monitors, print-                                                              P.O. Box 1677
ers, scanners, keyboards, mice and laptops                                                    Oklahoma City, OK 73101-
(referred to as “computer electronics”).                                                                 1677
          Kathy Oden-Hall, OKC’s DELL
Communications Manager and Caroline                                                          Editor/Contact: Carol Bartlett
                                                DELL volunteer stacks computer monitors.            (405) 702-5109
Dietz, Communication Director for Pub-
lic Affairs, from the Roundrock Texas                     [DELL event continued page 2]
EPA Facts (continued)                      being recovered through
                                           recycling and compost-
                                           ing, 55.4 percent (130.8
measure the success of municipal solid     million tons) discarded
waste (MSW) reduction and recycling        at landfills, and 14.0
programs across the country, and also      percent (33.1 million
shows where we, as a nation, need to       tons) combusted in
make environmental improvements.           mass burn as refuse-de-
The EPA only reports this information      rived fuel. The EPA re-
every two years and thus the facts and     ports the percentage of
figures are current through calendar       MSW going to landfills
year 2003.                                 continues to decrease.
         The EPA identifies municipal      Since 1990 MSW
solid waste (MSW) as the household         discarded at landfills has
trash or garbage we commonly throw         decreased by 9 million
away. The items range from packag-         tons, from 140 million
ing, food scraps, and grass clippings      tons to 131 million tons
to old furniture, computers, and           in 2003.
refrigerators. Industrial, hazardous, or            The EPA
construction waste is excluded from        reported the individual
the MSW definition. Trends suggest         MSW generation rate for 2003 was                    In 1980 the country recycled
overall MSW tonnages created in the        4.5 pounds per person per day. This       only 10 percent of its MSW and dis-
United States continue to increase. In     rate has remained relatively constant     posed of the rest. In 2003 the country
2003 the United States created 236.2       since the 1990s. The individual           recycled 30.6 percent of its MSW. The
million tons of MSW, an increase of a      recycling rate is reported at just over   significance of these findings indicates
half-million tons over 2002. Figure 1      1 pound per person per day. After ac-     the country is recycling more and
shows how the 236.2 million tons of        counting for our individual recycling,    discarding less, a trend we hope will
MSW created in 2003 was managed,           the EPA reports we discarded about 3      continue.
with 30.6 percent (72.3 million tons)      pounds per person per day in 2003.

DELL event (continued)

Headquarters were on hand to coordi-
nate the event and answer local media
questions. Twenty-seven volunteers
from the DELL OKC facility provided
the heavy lifting.
         Dietz organizes the events
and reported that in the first two
years of the program, recycling events
were held all over the world. In 2005
DELL chose to focus on areas where
they have facilities as a way to intro-
duce DELL to the community. Dietz
said DELL is hoping to raise aware-
ness about the responsible disposal of
computers. According to a DELL on-
line newsletter, PASS IT ON, all of the
local TV broadcast stations produced

       [DELL event continued page 3]       Tons of computer electronics received at the successful DELL OKC recycling event.
DELL event (continued)

segments about the event either
before or on the day of the sponsored
          The recycling event was a
huge success. PASS IT ON news
showed around 225 vehicles passed
through the recycling queue that
was set up to handle the traffic, and
nearly 15 tons of unwanted computer
electronics were dropped off. As a way
to gauge how many computers may
have been dropped off, a 1998 Yale
study estimates a typical computer
(monitor, CPU, keyboard, and a
mouse) weighs between 60 and 100
pounds.1 So, 15 tons of computer
electronics at the conservative estimate
of 100 pounds would translate                     Recycling made easy - DELL OKC volunteers remove computer electronics directly from cars.
into approximately 300 unwanted
                                                  the vehicles, sorted the materials via                     Dietz said that DELL sub-
          According to the event
                                                  type (e.g. monitors, CPU’s, keyboards,           scribes to the philosophy that no com-
photographer, the 27 volunteers on
                                                  mice, scanners, printers, etc.), placed          puters should go to waste. All of the
hand made drop off of the computer
                                                  them on large wooden pallets, and                computers collected at their recycling
electronics really easy for citizens,
                                                  when full the pallet packages were               events are trucked to DELL’s recycling
“people didn’t even have to get out of
                                                                                                   center in Dallas, Texas, for processing.
their cars.” The volunteers collected             wrapped with plastic and loaded onto
                                                                                                   According to Dietz, approximately
the computer electronics directly from            a waiting truck.
                                                                                                   98% of a computer can be recycled;
                                                                                                   metals, plastics and glass are recycled
                                                                                                   into new products. Toxic compounds
                                                                                                   such as lead, cadmium, and mer-
                                                                                                   cury are carefully extracted from the
                                                                                                   computers and safely disposed of or
                                                                                                   reused. According to Dietz, DELL
                                                                                                   has a policy that prohibits landfilling
                                                                                                   or exporting the computer electron-
                                                                                                   ics collected through their recycling
                                                                                                   events. DELL does not reuse the
                                                                                                   recyclable material extracted from the
                                                                                                   computer electronics but instead finds
                                                                                                   end-users for all of the material.

                                                                                                     Bulletin Series; Yale School of Forestry and
                                                                                                   Environmental Studies. Bulletin 106. Develop-
                                                                                                   ing Industrial Ecosystems: Approaches, Cases, and
                                                                                                   Tools. Part I: Tools From Industrial Ecology - Yale
                                                                                                   University Electronics Recycling 1998. Cambell et
                                                                                                   al. Editor: Jan Coppock, Yale University, New
                                                                                                   Haven, Conneticut, 2002. pp. 25.

Packaged computer electronics received at the recycling event will be loaded on a waiting truck.
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Weyerhaeuser “Excellence in Recycling Awards”
Awards program encourages youth to think about implementing recycling projects in their schools

          For the past eleven years       purpose of promoting youth recycling             committee awards 10 schools with
schools across Oklahoma have ben-         awareness.                                       $1,000 each from the “Excellence in
efitted from funding received through               The Oklahoma “Excellence               Recycling Awards” fund. The win-
the Weyerhaeuser Company Founda-          in Recycling Awards” program is an               ning schools use the grant money to
tion “Excellence in Recycling Awards”     annual contest designed to encour-               implement the recycling projects and
program. The foundation created the       age K-12 school students to think                promote recycling awareness within
awards program to reward schools          creatively about recycling projects              their schools. During the 2005 con-
that teach the wise use and reuse of      that can be implemented within                   test period, approximately 30 schools
natural resources in school-wide re-      their schools. Through a competitive             submitted applications.
cycling programs. Through partner-        application process, schools submit                       The “Excellence in Recycling
ships with state recycling leaders, the   their recycling ideas to a steering              Awards” recipients for 2005, and a
foundation funds “Excellence in Re-       committee consisting of representa-              summary of their winning ideas are
cycling Awards” for schools in several    tives from the Weyerhaeuser Com-                 presented in Table 1. Winners at-
states where the company has a pres-      pany, ODEQ, State Department of                  tend a special ceremony at the State
ence. The Weyerhaeuser Company            Education, Oklahoma 4-H Youth                    Capital where they are presented
is one of the world’s largest recyclers   Development Program, Keep Okla-                  with their award money. For more
of paper and through the “Excellence      homa Beautiful, The Metropolitan                 information about the “Excellence in
in Recycling Awards” program, the         Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.) and             Recycling Awards” program, visit the
company emphasizes its commitment         the Solid Waste Research Institute of            ODEQ web-site at www.deq.state.
to conserving natural resources by        Northeast Oklahoma. After review        and go to the Environmental
providing funding to schools for the      of all of the applications, the steering         Education section.

     Table 1: 2005 Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation “Excellence in Recycling Awards” Recipients

           Winning Schools                                                 Recycling Projects

 Ada High School, Ada                     Starting paper/plastic recycling program and integrating it into their Leadership curricu-
 Overholser Elementary School, Bethany    Developing and maintaining successful recycling program over the past 4 years.
 Wallace Byrd Middle School, Coalgate     Receiving award for second year in a row. Last year class officers researched recycling and
                                          conducted a school-wide information assembly to start their program. This year award
                                          money will go toward purchase of trees, reusable beverage containers for new faculty,
                                          paper recycling containers, transportation to market, and for student rewards.
 Coyle Public Schools, Coyle              Starting recycling program involving an awareness and education program on recycling
                                          and environmental stewardship.
 Central Elementary School, Idabel        Starting up aluminum can recycling program in partnership with the Central Elementary
                                          Parent Organizaiton (CPO).
 Douglass High School, Okla. City         Starting recycling program emphasizing educational outreach to the community about
                                          natural resources and the benefits of recycling for today and tomorrow.
 U.S. Grant High School, Okla. City       Starting new recycling program to be run by approximately 300 biology students.
 Westminster School, Okla. City           Receiving award for their existing recycling and waste reduction programs.
 Tonkawa Elementary School, Tonkawa       Starting a vermimcomposting program to enhance learning opportunities in their out-
                                          door classroom.
 Bishop Kelly High School, Tulsa          Ecology Class will develop a better paper recycling program to improve current program.

Recycling Programs

Edmond provides for
curbside recycling and a
drop-off recycling center

         In June of 1996 the City
of Edmond hired the University of
Central Oklahoma (UCO) to conduct
a recycling survey to determine how
many of its citizens wanted a curb-
side recycling program and what they
would be willing to pay for the service.
Survey results showed that while 72%
of those surveyed were willing to pay
up to $2.00 a month for the curbside
service, beyond $2.00/month the
willingness dropped off. Based on
this information the City of Edmond
implemented a curbside recycling
                                                                                      Top: Entering Edmond from North
program for its citizens in 1997 at a
                                                                                      Broadway; Inset Left: Edmond Drop-off
cost of $2.00/month. The curbside
                                                                                      recycling center; Inset Right: Curbside
program would operate in addition to
                                                                                      recycling bin issued by City of Edmond.
the drop-off recycling center already in
place. Through a bidding process to
the private sector, the city contracted    ers as well as students from UCO are
with Waste Management Inc. to have         encouraged to use the city’s drop-off
the recyclables transported to Recycle     recycling center. According to Mc-         Table 2: Recycling Statistics for the
America Recycling Center in West           Neiland, rural Logan County residents      City of Edmond.
Oklahoma City. Sam McNeiland,              also make use of the drop-off center.
Edmond’s Solid Waste Superintendent,       Volunteers of Keep Edmond Beautiful             Edmond Curbside Recycling
said that eight years into the program     tend the drop-off center located at 20           Statistics for the Month of
Edmond’s curbside participation rate       W. 3rd. The center is open on Satur-                     October 2005
is around 72%, a rate consistent with      days, and the city’s solid waste depart-
the original survey results. Edmond’s      ment provides recycling containers           Total homes in Program     24,909
curbside program is available to single    and transportation of the recyclables
family/multifamily households, and         to Recycle America Recycling Center.          Total cost of service     $43,093
serves nearly 26,000 households. The       Edmond generates nearly 65,000 tons
$2.00/month recycling fee is calculat-     of trash annually and recycles approxi-     Tons of material recycled   222.33
ed into the regular garbage service fee    mately 10% or 6,500 tons. Recycling
and citizens are provided an 18 gallon     statistics for a typical month were pro-          Cost per ton          $193.82
recycle bin to be placed at the curb on    vided by McNeiland and are presented
designated days. McNeiland said that       in Table 2.
curbside recycling is problematic at
apartments and that apartment dwell-                  [Edmond continued page 6]
                                                                                                            OK RECYCLER      5
                                             only usage. In 1995 the city conduct-
         PROFILES                            ed a 6-month long “co-compost pilot
                                             project” to determine the economics
            (continued)                      of moving forward with a formal com-
                                             posting program. The co-composting
                                             study involved mixing yard waste with
                                             the city’s waste water treatment plant
Edmond (continued)                           sludge which resulted in a nutrient-
                                             rich compost within 45 days. The
         McNeiland estimates 20 to 25        bacteria from the sludge was found
percent of Edmond’s MSW gener-               to accelerate the breakdown process
ated annually is yard waste that could       and provided the additional nutri-
be diverted and                                                    ent value. The
used, for ex-                                                      study revealed the
ample, to make                                                     economic cost
compost. Dur-                                                      to the city for       An Edmond Senior Center recycling bin.
ing the early 90’s,                                                co-composting
Edmond started                                                     was $18-$20/ton       sustainable and the project was termi-
up a yard waste                                                    versus $10-$12/       nated. The compost produced during
composting facil-                                                  ton to landfill the   the pilot study was utilized by area golf
ity. The facility                                                  yard waste and        courses.
was closed due to                                                  land apply sludge.             Want more recycling infor-
a lack of commitment for usage of the        McNeiland said the city determined          mation? Visit Edmond’s Solid Waste
material; county road projects were the      the project was not economically            web-site at

The City of Ada provides
several drop-off recycling
locations for its residents

           The City of Ada maintains
five drop-off recycling locations, each
consisting of a colorful recycling trailer
composed of several large bins that
accept various types of paper, certain
grades of plastic, aluminum, tin, and
cardboard. The drop-off bins are
accessible 24 hours a day seven days
a week. Once the bins are full, the
trailer is hauled to Ada’s main recycling
center where the bins are emptied.
           The City of Ada has a new
recycling center which replaces the
original facility that was destroyed by a
tornado in May 2003. The new facil-
ity will be featured in the August issue       Top: Entering Ada from the
of the OK RECYCLER.                            East; Inset: Ada’s Drop-off
           The Ada Recycling Coalition         recycling center sign.
(ARC) partners with the City of Ada
                [Ada continued page 7]
                                          the cardboard and paper.
         PROFILES                         Ada tells Linn what they
                                          have to ship, Linn tells Ada
           (continued)                    where to take the material,
                                          then Linn pays Ada for
                                          the material. Ada’s plastic,
                                          aluminum and tin are sold
Ada (continued)                           to Recycle America Recy-
                                          cling Center in Oklahoma
to help promote recycling in the area.    City. At the end of 2005
ARC is a 501(c )(3) non-profit volun-     City of Ada data showed
teer organization established in 1991     the average price of a ton of
to improve and increase recycling in      the city’s recyclable material
                                                                            5th grader Ryan Leon was photographed with his
Ada by providing education and refer-     sold for $92/ton.
                                                                            mother Teresa Leon (not pictured) recycling plastics,
ral service.2 ARC provides a forum for              ARC and the City
                                                                            cardboard, and paper at an Ada drop-off location.
networking, encourages local end-         of Ada receive local support
markets, and works to create a unified    for their recycling program
voice for Ada recyclers.2 ARC meets       through partnerships with several area       ing mower to a lucky winner as part of
the second Wednesday of each month        businesses. ARC is a proud promoter          the City’s America Recycles Day 2005
at noon in the west annex conference      of America Recycles Day. During              festivities. ARC sponsors a telephone
room at City Hall, and also has an        America Recycles Day 2005 ARC                book collection contest annually for
annual meeting every April.               sponsored a recycling poster contest         area schools. In 2005 ten schools par-
          City of Ada data, supplied      for area elementary school students          ticipated in the contest, and collected
by ARC members, showed nearly             with a cash prize of $25 for the six         for recycling 10,259 phone books. The
15,200 tons of municipal trash was        winning posters. ARC also spon-              winning school received a cash prize of
generated within the city limits in       sored an essay contest for area high         $100.
2005. Data also showed 1,588 tons         school students entitled “How Can                       Visit ARC’s website at www.
of recyclable material were received at   We Increase Recycling in Ada.” The 
the drop-off locations in 2005. The       winner received a prize of $100 and          tion for more recycling information.
City works through Linn Paper Stock       two honorable mentions each received
Company in Pryor to find markets for      $50. ARC even gave away a mulch-             2

Midland Recycling - An Oklahoma City Recycling Processor

R    ecyclable materials collected
     through community curbside or
drop-off programs are transported to
                                          Brian Reid, the Plant/Sales Manager,
                                          has been professionally involved in
                                          recycling for eight (8) years. Prior to
                                                                                        Paper Company in Oklahoma City for
                                                                                        the purpose of establishing a second
                                                                                        recycling facility in Oklahoma City.
Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs)      conducting the tour, Reid, a friendly         After acquiring Continental Paper,
for further sorting, baling, and com-     and energetic fellow, proudly furnished       Midland set about making immense
paction. The processed material is        some background information on the            improvements to its newly acquired
then sold and distributed to manufac-     facility so that Oklahomans could get         property, and on April 1, 1999, the
turers that use the material to make      a sense of Midland’s business com-            Oklahoma City Midland Recycling
new products. Midland Recycling of        mitment toward furthering the state’s         plant officially opened its doors for
Oklahoma City is one such MRF. We         recycling efforts.                            business.
recently had the opportunity to tour                Midland Recycling is owned                   Midland Recycling of OKC
Midland Recycling in order to experi-     by Mid America Recycling of Iowa              immediately set out to make improve-
ence the recycling loop process first     which has 15 plants throughout the            ments to the surrounding neighbor-
hand.                                     United States. Midland Recycling              hood by cleaning up an adjacent
         Midland Recycling is lo-         joined the Sand Springs, Oklahoma             property that contained several under-
cated at 1432 West Main Street in         business community in 1996. In 1999
Oklahoma City, and our tour guide,        Midland took over the Continental                         [Midland continued page 8]
                                                                                                              OK RECYCLER        7
Midland (continued)

ground storage tanks. Additionally,
Midland takes extra steps to be a good
neighbor by regularly collecting dis-
carded trash for several square blocks
surrounding its facility. The metro
facility includes a nicely landscaped
office building where the administra-
tive activities occur, and an adjacent,
fenced-off processing plant where
all recyclables are received, sort-
ed, and compacted for eventual
distribution to end-users. First
impressions of the facility are of
a neat, well-organized operation,
where all recyclable materials
collected at the facility are well
contained within the perimeters of
the fencing.                                                         Top: Brian Reid standing next to compressed aluminum
          Midland Recycling of OKC                                   cans bound for an end-user; Inset: magnified view of the
has 14 permanent employees and 1                                     same compressed aluminum cans.
temporary employee. Through a bid-
ding process, Midland contracts with         printer facility customers
large Oklahoma City retail outlets           due to the large volume
and manufacturing plants to manage           of variety paper gener-
the customers’ cardboard and with            ated. Through individual
office buildings and printer facilities to   municipal solid waste
manage the customers’ variety paper.         utilities services, commu-
Variety paper includes post-consumer         nities manage their own
office waste, pre-consumer printer           recycling programs usually
waste, and newsprint. Midland also           by providing recycling
bids on contracts to serve community         containers. The municipal
recycling programs all across the state.     services then transport the
Recyclable material collected through        recyclables to Midland as
these programs includes mixed paper,         per the contracts men-
newsprint, #1 and #2 plastics, alu-          tioned previously. Some
minum cans, steel (tin cans), and            communities that contract
glass (clear, amber, and green). Reid        with Midland include             Cardboard on a conveyer belt headed for the baler.
commented that in contrast to variety        Tinker Air Force Base,
paper which is source specific, mixed        Norman, and the Oklahoma
paper can be difficult to recycle.           Environmental Management Author-           a large wall of compacted aluminum
          Midland Recycling employs          ity in Canadian County. The Okla-          cans. On another area of the floor
a portable baler/compactor process at        homa City facility provides service        cardboard on a conveyor belt is being
the retail outlets and manufacturing         from Enid to Lawton and Shawnee            compacted into bales, and further
plants for management of the card-           to Clinton. Midland’s Sand Springs         into the plant one encounters
board on site. The baled/compacted           facility has contracts with additional     compartmentalized areas containing
cardboard is then transported back to        communities in the northern part of
                                                                                        the various types of baled paper ready
the Midland facility to await further        the state.
                                                                                        for distribution. Adjacent to the
distribution to its cardboard end-us-                  Upon entering the process-
                                             ing area of Midland Recycling the first    main indoor processing section is
ers. Midland also provides collection
containers to its office building and        type of sorted material encountered is                [Midland continued page 9]
Midland (continued)

                                                                                         Compartment containing sorted plastics.
   Baled cardboard that’s just come through the conveyor belt/baler process.

Midland’s recycling logo on the east side of
the administrative building.

                                                          Baled variety paper ready for distribution to end-users.

an outdoor storage area divided into                    Midland Recycling distributes    of it is shipped nationwide; and the
compartments containing various                its processed recyclables to various      glass ends up at Dlubak in Muskogee.
colors of crushed glass, plastic types,        manufacturing facilities for incorpora-              Reid said that Midland’s
and steel (tin cans). Midland also has         tion into new products. The processed     Oklahoma City facility has more than
a special truck that services businesses       aluminum goes to Alcoa and Anhy-          doubled its processing volume since it
for the purpose of collecting sensitive        eseur Bush; the plastics are shipped      opened in 1999. Reid also said that
documents destined for destruction at          to the Sand Springs Midland plant         the facility is “far from being maxed
Midland. We were not allowed access            for further processing; the cardboard     out” in terms of recyclable materials
to the sensitive document area, but            is shipped to Republic Paper Mill in      needed and they would “love to have
this statewide service is a big part of        Lawton; some of the paper goes to         more tons of everything brought into
Midland’s business.                            Georgia Pacific in Muskogee but most      the plant.”

                                                                                                             OK RECYCLER       9
                    THE BACK PAGE                                                        CALENDAR OF
                                                                                             (recycling will be formally
                                                                                             promoted at these events)
 The Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA)
                                                                                          History of Earth Day

T    he Oklahoma Recycling As-                      OKRA’s second workgroup              and ScienceFest 2006 at
     sociation (OKRA), a 501(c)(3)        meeting was held on February 28,                    the OKC Zoo
nonprofit organization, was formed to     2006, at the ODEQ, 707 N. Rob-                           April 20, 2006
support communities, governments          inson, Oklahoma City. The OKRA                   (see article below for details)
and individuals with their recycling      agenda focused on developing action
efforts. OKRA works to create a uni-      plans for the following workgroups:
fied voice for Oklahoma recyclers by      (1) legislation/advocacy; (2) education;             Paseo Arts Festival
providing a forum for networking and      (3) market development; (4) funding;                    May 27-29, 2006
resource sharing, and by encouraging      and (5) communications/outreach. A                  (more about this event in
local end-market development.             short board meeting was held at 9:30                 the August issue of OK
         OKRA members donate their        a.m. and the workgroups met from                          RECYCLER)
time, money, and/or resources to help     10:00 until noon. Following the
maintain environmental programs and       meeting, a networking/get acquainted                     9th Annual
state-wide resources. Members ensure      lunch was held.
                                                                                                  Woody Guthrie
views and concerns about recycling                  To obtain information about
issues are heard by local and national    joining OKRA and becoming an in-                         Folk Festival
policy makers. OKRA also helps the        volved OKRAn, contact Susie Shields                     July 12 - 16, 2006
National Recycling Coalition hear         at (405) 702-5166 or susie.shields@                 (more about this event in
from Oklahomans about these issues.                                     the August issue of OK

History of Earth Day                      designed to heighten awareness of the          Have an upcoming recycling
                                          earth’s fragile, life-sustaining systems        event in your community?
and ScienceFest 2006 at                   of the air, the water, and the land, are      Contact us and we’ll promote it
the OKC Zoo                               planned across the nation.3 To learn            on the Calendar of Events
                                          more about Earth Day 2006 visit the
                                          Earth Day Network at www.earthday.
T     he first Earth Day occurred on
      April 22, 1970 when an estimated
20 million citizens made U.S. history
                                                    ScienceFest 2006 will be the      The Oklahoma Department of Envi-
                                          ODEQ’s contribution to Earth Day            ronmental Quality (ODEQ) is inter-
by participating in a grassroots demon-                                               ested in promoting increased recycling
                                          2006. ScienceFest 2006 will take
stration to launch the modern envi-                                                   awareness across the state. The ODEQ
                                          place on April 20, 2006 at the Okla-
ronmental movement. This massive                                                      recycles its paper, cardboard, alumi-
                                          homa City Zoo. ScienceFest is a day
show of support, emphasizing a desire                                                 num, glass, plastics and phone books.
                                          of interactive science and environmen-
to salvage heavily polluted waterways                                                 ODEQ’s Green Team volunteers re-
                                          tal activities focusing on the conserva-
and smog-laden cities, resulted in the                                                cycle spent agency coffee grounds and
                                          tion of natural resources and the use of    newspapers, and collect agency copy
creation of the United States Envi-
                                          alternative energies. It is designed for    paper wrappers for reuse by outside
ronmental Protection Agency (EPA),
                                          fourth and fifth graders and is free. For   arts/crafts organizations.
and subsequent passage of the Clean
                                          more information about ScienceFest
Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the
                                          2006 visit
Endangered Species Act.3,4                                                            This publication is issued by the Oklahoma Department of
                                                                                      Environmental Quality as authorized by Steven A. Thompson,
          This year Earth Day occurs on                                               Executive Director. Copies have been prepared at a cost of
                                                                                      $0.28 each. Copies have been deposited with the Publications
April 22, 2006. In celebration of this    3
                                               Clearinghouse of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
annual event, educational activities,     4


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