By LARISSA COPELAND Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma proudly celebrates its recently opened recycling center in Durant, taking another step towards green living and being good stewards of the land and environment. The recycling center, designed to save energy and help offset the amount of waste ending up in landfills each year, was funded through an Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant from the Department of Energy.
The 30,350-sq.-ft. facility has four full-time employees and receives newspaper, office paper, shredded paper, magazines, catalogs, plastics #1, 2 and 5, aluminum cans, steel cans, cell phones, printer cartridges and cardboard for recycling.
Since opening for business on Dec. 1, the Choctaw Nation has collected more than 700 printer cartridges, 2,700 pounds of aluminum cans, and nearly 135,000 pounds of plastic bottles, various paper and cardboard to be recycled. At an E-Waste event held in January, the Choctaw Nation collected almost 37,000 pounds of electronic material waste.
Chief Gregory E. Pyle is proud of the facility given that, prior to its opening, there was no public facility within the 10-1/2 county area that allowed for businesses and individuals to drop off items to be recycled.
“The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a large entity and it is encouraging to know that we have employees who care about our environment. They have devoted many hours to finding solutions, from handing out ‘green’ cups to reduce the use of styrofoam to opening this fantastic facility,” said Chief Pyle. “It fulfills a need in the Durant area, giving everyone an opportunity to recycle.”
The facility, located at 3108 Enterprise Drive in Durant, is open to the public for dropping off items from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.