Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 4, 2013

Recycling impact growing in PV

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — As the community continues to discover how the Pauls Valley Recycling Center can help provide a cleaner future, the efforts to reach out continue to evolve.

The supporting recycling committee has even taken yet another step to capitalize on one of their original goals of education, including a recent visit by a Cub Scout troop, who picked up on lessons like what the numbers on the bottom of plastic containers mean to what it takes to get it reused as new material.

Their hope is to start spreading these good habits to kids as young as possible and during their recent meeting they began the next planning steps on how to do so by forming fundraising and education subcommittees.

“We did a tour, they went to the recycling center and they all brought recycling items,” said Garvin County Community Living Center CEO Cathy Cash. “They talked about what goes where… then they went out to the work shop and saw how things are processed.”

These subcommittees in a way are already combining efforts to spread the word of an operational recycling center with the launch of their latest fundraising campaign with the center’s first official T-shirt. Available at $15 each from any member of the recycling committee, it will feature the familiar locally designed logo and will help finish off paying for the donors/recycling rules sign and a second bailer to deal with the demand that’s being placed on the one used at the living center workshop.

As far as collection goes, more and more people are taking advantage of the drop off location and those dealing with the pickup of recyclables and transport are figuring out better ways to efficiently keep bins empty for residents. This has involved setting aside extra storage and living center clients working at the Valley Farmer’s Market can move some of the overflow until bins can be emptied.

Most items from plastic to aluminum cans and cardboard have helped significantly lower levels of what people might have otherwise just thrown away, according to Pearson. The only item that may need revisiting soon is accepting glass as it is not as economically feasible to transport and any funds made aren’t enough to cover getting it to the closest processing center.

“It continues to grow in terms of volume, it’s very interesting to watch the flow of people move through that,” said Living Center Representative Chip Pearson, noting how they had originally thought servicing it five days a week would work, before they discovered how the center needed more attention closer to weekends. “Weekends are by far still the busiest times, we’ve had to readdress strategies to keep the recyclables from building up to a point that it’s not usable and that seems to be under control fairly well.”

One way people can ease this burden on weekends is using one of the other days of the week if possible, said Pearson.

He took time to address a concern people had about a dirt entrance near the drop off location by stating that this is not on their property, but that of a private owner. He encouraged people to instead use the valley market entrance and either exit there or loop around on the gravel road and exit through the alley on the back side of the market.

Additional updates include three new members on the recycling committee, Greg Hendrix, Susie Agee and Becca Patton. The city now officially offers compost mulching near the market, which people are allowed to pick up for free.

For more information or to purchase a t-shirt, contact Recycling Center Representative Lisa Driskill by calling 405-238-7351 or the Living Center at 405-238-7500.