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May 22, 2014

Recycling about to make it big — Pauls Valley’s recycling effort will soon take things up a notch and on a much bigger scale.

Big is at the center of this one as the local recycling facility is planning to start collecting larger electronic items on a regular basis.

It all begins later in June as the center located off of South Walnut near Rush Creek will hold special collection days for things like televisions, computers and monitors.

Along with the convenience for residents the effort is being done in an environment friendly way.

“We’ll have a trailer and some people at the recycling center, where we’ll accept the large electronic waste items,” said Lisa Driskill of the Garvin County Community Living Center in PV.

The time for the collection day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 19.

In addition to things like TV’s and larger computer items, the special day can also include microwaves and food processors.

“Normally we only accept the small hand-held electronic items,” Driskill said, naming items like cell phones, video games, power cords and chargers.

“This will be a special day when we will also accept the larger items.

“All people have to do is show up and load up the large items. We’ll take it from there.”

The center’s collection of smaller electronic items started back in January after the facility stopped accepting glass items because of the high transportation costs involved.

During the upcoming June event all larger electronic items collected will be taken the following day to the recycling center in nearby Ada.

From there it’s all transported to a company specializing in recycling every single part of an electronic waste item.

Driskill said the company is Natural Evolution in Tulsa.

“They are amazing,” she said. “They recycle all of it, the plastic, all the gold and platinum, all of it.

“Conscientious recycling is starting to be the buzz word, and that’s what this company does.

“Certification ensures the e-waste they recycle will not end up in Malaysian streams or any streams. It ensures all of the item will be recycled and not end up as e-waste.”

All of that is naturally very friendly to the environment and in contrast to the alternative of simply sending these items to a landfill, where they can leak and become hazardous.

Right now the plan is for PV’s recycling center to hold a special collection day for the larger electronic items four times a year.

“We plan on doing one every quarter,” Driskill said.

She’s also upbeat about the overall recycling service now offered in Pauls Valley, adding the feedback coming from the community is all positive.

“People are loving the fact we’re doing the recycling; that they now have a place in Pauls Valley to take these items.”

Driskill also announced the selection of Sheila Dews as a 2014 Awards of Excellence in Direct Support Services winner through the Developmental Disabilities Services section of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Dews is Living Center staff member who manages the Valley Market, open about 10 months of the year near the recycling center.

(Editor’s Note: More on the honor for Dews will be featured in the PV Democrat this weekend.)

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