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Oklahoma celebrates America Recycles Day

PRESS RELEASE_The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA), Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) and The Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.) requests the public's help in promoting increased recycling in Oklahoma.  With more than 20,000 programs available throughout the country, more than 90 percent of Americans have access to recycling.  In Oklahoma, more than 50 percent of citizens have recycling programs available.

"We have major manufacturers right here in Oklahoma that need recycled materials to make their products," said Fenton Rood, DEQ's director of waste systems planning.  "When Oklahomans recycle, it not only helps the environment but also the local economy."   

Every year, communities, organizations, schools and businesses hold America Recycles Day (ARD) events to celebrate recycling and to keep it in the public eye.  ARD celebrates clean air and water, a reliable supply of energy, and a healthy future for our children.  The annual ARD date is November 15th, but a lot of events start much earlier! 

DEQ, OKRA, KOB and the M.e.t. encourage citizens to make a pledge to do their part in keeping recycling working.  By filling out a pledge card and returning it to DEQ by November 25, participants are automatically entered into drawings for three categories of state prizes.  Participants are asked to check which drawing-youth (under 18), workplace, or general public - they would like to enter on the pledge form. Only one entry per person is allowed and only Oklahoma residents may win. If a prize winner's name is found more than once, he/she will be disqualified.

This year's prizes include two high-tech bicycles for the youth drawing, a Xerox Phaser Solid Ink Printer for the workplace drawing, and two Black & Decker cordless rechargeable electric lawnmowers for the general public drawing. All pledges must be received, both online and by regular U.S. mail, by November 25, 2008.  Please mail to the address on the back of the pledge card. Drawings for prize winners will be held December 5, 2008, with prize winners notified by December 9, 2008. 

For those planning an event or celebration, an event planning guide is available on the OKRA Web site.  Copies of the pledge cards (four to a sheet) can be copied by downloading the PDF from the OKRA Web site at www.recycleok.org. Educational materials, posters, sample proclamations, sample press releases and other materials can also be downloaded from the Web site. Oklahomans may also sign-up online for OKRA's distribution list for Oklahoma recycling information, including ARD updates.

Sponsors for the 2008 celebration are OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority (OEMA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)-Oklahoma Chapter, Xerox Corporation, Waste Management-Recycle America, Sierra Club-Oklahoma Chapter and DEQ Pollution Prevention Program.

A recycling seminar for city officials and interested citizens is also offered for the 2008 Oklahoma Celebrates America Recycles Day. The seminar will be held Thursday, October 30, 2008 in Oklahoma City. Community Recycling Toolkits will be provided for all attendees. The agenda and registration details are available now on the OKRA Web site. For more information, contact Susie Shields at (405) 702-5166 or susie.shields@deq.ok.gov.

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