The Metropolitan Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.) got its start in 1987 as a committee charged with looking into alternatives to land filling Tulsa’s trash. After completing studies, the Trust decided it was necessary to begin recycling operations. In 1993, The M.e.t. opened its first recycling center. Now the M.e.t. has 12 recycling centers in 9 of its member communities.
The M.e.t. operates in cooperation with 11 member governments: City of Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs and Tulsa County. As a governmental trust authority, The M.e.t. receives funding from these governments to operate residential recycling drop-off locations and provide hazardous waste disposal for residents of these communities.
Our 12 recycling centers accept a variety of recyclables, including aluminum cans, #1 and #2 plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, office paper, magazines, oil, antifreeze, phone books, and batteries. These centers not only provide recycling, but also jobs. The M.e.t. employs more than 100 people with disabilities to staff our centers and sort recyclables.
In addition to recycling, in 1993, The M.e.t. started the first hazardous waste collection in the state. What began as an automotive oil and tire collection event, became our biannual Fairgrounds Pollutant Collection event. Each year, this event collects thousands of pounds of toxins, chemicals, fertilizers, medications, mercury and other waste. It has become one of the largest of it’s kind in the state of Oklahoma.
The M.e.t. also held the first phone book recycling event in the nation, Project ReDirectory, which is now modeled in cities across the country.
The M.e.t. produces educational resources for member governments, schools and non-profits, and also provides recycling opportunities for event organizers, schools and other entities. The M.e.t. publishes an annual recycling directory, listing all local recyclers and companies that provide recycling services.