OKRA Lunch and Learns

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Processing Recyclables: Gathering Valuable Information through Waste Audits

April 13, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT

 

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About this event

Recycling can be confusing for residential customers. There are rules about what can go in your bin and what can't, and that information changes from time to time. So, the wrong things end up in recycle bins, sometimes accidently, and sometimes deliberately.

Understanding why some items don't belong in your recycle bin becomes clear when you get to look at the equipment inside a materials recovery facility (MRF, pronounced "murf") and how that equipment sorts recyclables. If you live in an area that has single-stream (everything goes in the same bin) recycling then your recyclables go to a MRF.

Come and learn how Republic Services and Batliner Recycling do frequent audits to help determine the type of contamination that is making its way to recycle bins so they can do targeted education and outreach to address that contamination.

You will get to see first hand some of those contamination items and the insides of the Batliner facility and how the sorting process happens.

 

Learn how recycling can be easy if you follow three simple steps.

 

Opportunities for Glass Recycling in Oklahoma: Engage with Experts

March 8, 2022 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT

Blair Pollock from Orange County, North Carolina will share about the county's highly successful glass recycling program.  Chris Knight with the City of Stillwater will talk about their experiences with glass recycling.  Lydia Gibson from Ripple Glass will will be speaking about hub and spoke opportunities in Oklahoma, Robert Hippert from O-I will be speaking on what the container glass industry expects from a quality standpoint for furnace ready cullet.  Patrick Riley with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality will talk about grant opportunities for equipment available through the DEQ. This expert panel will be available for questions and discussion on glass recycling.

 

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Thank you to co-sponsors:

Glass Recycling Coalition

Glass Recycling Foundation

2021 

OKRA Lunch & Learn - Recycling: As Easy As 1-2-3

August 13, 2021  12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT

Learn how recycling can be easy if you follow three simple steps.

About this event:

When it comes to recycling at home, everyone has a part to play.  Beginning with the way you sort materials, and ending with an efficient recycling pickup, we can make sure recyclables are handled properly for a cleaner environment.

Come and learn from Crystal Bennett, of Republic Services, who will introduce us to these simple guidelines to become a better recycler.  Working together, we can make sure recyclable materials don't end up in our lakes and landfills.

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April 23, 2021

OKRA's 2nd Lunch & Learn to continue the conversation about recycling glass

Presented by Josh Boyer,  Regional Program Manager for Ripple Glass

Mr. Boyer spoke on the benefits of recycling glass and how to increase glass recycling in Oklahoma communities. He also discussed what happens to glass collected in Oklahoma.

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February 11, 2021
Pennsylvania Resources Council Traveling Glass Recycling Bin Program.

Presented by Ashley DiGregoroi, Recycling Markets Program Manger for the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC)

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