Recycling

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Please Recycle

Overview
The City of Muskogee, Public Works Department, Stormwater Division along with associates from INCOR implements the Recycle Drop-Off Center in Muskogee.

Drop-Off Location:

Northwest corner of Main and Iola Street, North of Murry’s Nissan Dealership. Open Monday–Saturday, 8:00-4:00

The Center will accept:
  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Office paper
  • Aluminum cans
  • #1 Plastic Bottles
  • #2 Plastic Bottles
  • Automotive batteries
  • Metal and Tin
  • Glass – (Clear, Brown, Green)
  • Used Waste Cooking Oil
Unacceptable

No radioactive material, sealed containers or tanks of any kind, containers with free flowing liquids inside, microwaves, light ballasts, oil filters, appliances, explosive material, rocks, dirt, concrete, wood, tires, or trash. Any item we feel poses a threat to the environment and employee or customer safety.

The City of Muskogee supports INCOR by allowing them to maintain the recycling operation. INCOR employs Developmentally Disabled Citizens that might otherwise not have the opportunity to work. They and their Job Coaches have been a part of the recycling movement for more than a decade, before going green became a buzzword.

DEQ has recognized the Muskogee Recycle Center by awarding them with the “Award of Excellence” through a statewide competition for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Recently, The Muskogee Recycle Center received a Governor’s Commendation from Governor Brad Henry for hiring persons with disabilities and enabling them to succeed.

Curbside Recycling Versus Drop-Off Recycling

Regional statistics show that drop-off recycling has more participation than a fee based curbside recycling service. For example, in Tulsa 7,600 households participated in curbside recycling and 19,000 in drop-off recycling, with 16% of total households recycling. Cities with only drop-off recycling showed even higher recycling participation with 20% of the households in Broken Arrow and 30% of households in Glenpool.

Curbside recycling could be relatively costly for the City of Muskogee residents. These costs can be partially offset by reduced landfill costs and other reduced costs, but high level of participation by area residents would be necessary to justify the costs of curbside recycling. Other communities have attempted curbside recycling with limited success. When the community shows a high level of participation in recycling, the possibility of curbside recycling service will be re-examined.