OKRA is a non-profit (status pending) corporation established to improve the business of recycling by providing education and referral services about integrated solid waste management, including reduction, reuse and recycling. It is designed to serve as a central communication point for exchange among businesses, industries, government entities, public and private organizations, and citizens about recycling.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (status pending), OKRA works to support recycling efforts. We provide a forum for networking, encourage local end-markets, and work to create a unified voice for Oklahoma Recyclers. We have strong partnerships with the state DEQ, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, The Metropolitan Environmental Trust and EPA.
The Oklahoma Recycling Association Board of Directors is comprised of a very active, all-volunteer board consisting of 11-44 board members (currently 19) including six officer positions, with each elected member serving a 2-year term. Serving on the board includes a commitment to being a unified voice for Oklahoma Recyclers, as well as attending Board of Director meetings, held a minimum of four times a year, but the board tries to meet every six weeks. Board members must be a voting member of OKRA (or become a member). Attached is a Board Member Job Description with more details. There are eleven seats available for election including all officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Executive Committee Board Members).
To review the OKRA Board Job Descriptions, please email
You may nominate yourself or another person by submitting the following information by email to Sara Ivey, OKRA Secretary, by 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Please submit a one-page nomination letter with the following information:
- Professional Experience in Regard to Recycling:
- What Segment of the Recycling Industry Do You Represent?
- Position you are interested in (officer or at-large board member):
- Other Board, Managerial or Financial Experience:
- Four Goals for OKRA:
- What Do You Bring To OKRA?
Note: You must be a current voting member of OKRA to run for the board. If you are unsure of your status please contact Ilda Hershey () about this. To become an OKRA member visit http://www.recycleok.org/okra/get-involved/join-us/okra-membership-form/
Please submit nominations to Sara Ivey, OKRA Secretary at . If you have any questions about the board feel free to contact Sara at 405-702-7122 or by email.
To see how the OKRA board works, please plan to attend the October 17, 2016 board meeting from 11:00am – 1:00 pm in Tulsa at the Land Legacy Office (822 E 6th St., Suite 200, Tulsa, OK 74103) or join us by phone. Elections are scheduled to take place October 24, 2016 through November 4, 2016 via survey monkey for current voting members.
Oklahoma Recycling Conference
The 2015 conference was held at the OU Schusterman Center in Tulsa on Tuesday, October 20. Click here for 2015 conference information! The next Oklahoma Recycling Conference is expected to be in 2017.
ARD PSA Contest
In honor of America Recycles Day, high school students were encouraged to submit a Public Service Announcement on the theme: “The Amazing Race for Zero Waste!” Click here to see 2014 contest winners! Information regarding the 2017 contest will be posted soon.
Recycling means many things to Oklahomans. Beyond resource conservation and managing solid waste, recycling creates jobs in Oklahoma. Recent studies show that there are more than 5,000 jobs in Oklahoma created from recycling related processes. These jobs represent over 300 million dollars in payroll each year. Recycling is good for the Earth AND good for the economy of Oklahoma.
Why We Need You
OKRA is the organized voice for Oklahoma recyclers. We want to represent your voice to political leaders. We are a center point for networking and resource sharing. We help the National Recycling Coalition hear from Oklahomans and make national policy that will benefit Oklahoma recyclers.
You Can Help Carry OKRA
OKRA members donate their time, money, and /or resources to help maintain environmental programs and statewide resources. They also make a difference by expressing their views and concerns about recycling issues to local and national policy makers.
Many thanks to our 2015-16 corporate, non-profit and government partners…
Platinum Corporate Partner:
Gold Corporate Partner:
Silver Corporate Partner:
American Waste Control
Bronze Corporate Partners:
American Sanitation, Inc.
Natural Evolution, Inc.
Waste Connections of Oklahoma
Amazon Environmental, American Textiles Recycling Services, Closed Loop Recycling, Demand Products Inc., DocuGUARD Confidential Shredding & Recycling, NeWSolutions, Ripple Glass, Service Recycling, United Electronic Recycling LLC
Ada Recycling Coalition, Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Ardmore Beautification Council, Arkansas Recycling Coalition, Call2Recycle, City of Ada, City of Muskogee, City of Oklahoma City Sustainability Office, City of Tulsa, City of Yukon, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Metropolitan Environmental Trust, Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Otoe-Missouria Environmental Dept., Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Show Inc., Solid Waste Institute of NE Oklahoma, Tulsa Master Recyclers, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma
OKRA, P. O. Box 521154, Tulsa, OK 74152-1154