Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 12, 2009

Recyclers have options in Pauls Valley

Recycling options exist in Pauls Valley, although some materials have to be hauled to Norman because no local sites accept all types of recyclables.

For several years more than a decade ago, curbside recycling was offered in Pauls Valley, Mayor Tim Gamble said. The city provided color-coded containers and regular pick-up service. But, underutilization led to the program’s discontinuation, he said. No recent discussions of a city-sponsored recycling program have taken place, Gamble said.

Nonetheless, dedicated recyclers can unload plenty of material within the city limits, and in some cases volunteers will pick recyclable materials up at businesses.

The Garvin County Learning Center operates a recycling collection program, gathering cardboard, newsprint and white office paper, supervisor Sarah Winkleman said.

Learning center clients collect office paper at various spots around the community, visiting each site usually weekly, she said. The center provides businesses with labeled trash cans to hold recyclable paper.

Learning center clients also pick up cardboard and newsprint at local businesses. And, the learning center owns and maintains the covered wagons labeled “cardboard only” that are located throughout the city. Anyone may deposit their flattened cardboard boxes into the wagons.

People may take their aluminum cans to the learning center at 1800 Enterprise and be paid for the cans, Winkleman said. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. People can also haul their white office paper, newspapers and cardboard to the learning center, she said.

While uncertain exactly when the learning center’s recycling program began, Winkleman said it’s been in place for years.

“The objective is to provide vocational opportunities for our clients,” she said.

Learning center clients also offer a shredding program, she said. Paper is shredded and then recycled.

Nearly any type of metal can be recycled at MR Metals in Pauls Valley.

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