Easier Being Green

New recycling center has big ideas. By: Michael Patton The Tulsa Voice April 2 – 15, 2014 This April is the 45th time we have celebrated Earth Day. While it pales in comparison to major holidays (see: Holy Days), it keeps pace nicely with lesser holidays like Flag Day and that day in February where the groundhog predicts the weather. In Tulsa, this April, many green organizations are planning activities to celebrate our Earth. Some of my favorites include the lunch hour festival on April...

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Close the Loop

What is “Close the Loop” Recycling? It’s the practice of buying recycled products to complete the recycling cycle. For an overview on how you can “Close the Loop,” check out our most recent brochure on buying recycled and implementing recycled products into the work...

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Household Pollutant Event: Spring 2012

This weekend is our spring chemical collection event at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The event is free to area residents and is a great chance to clean out your home of unwanted pollutants. We have been collecting household hazardous waste twice a year for over 20 years at these events and I believe it has made a big difference in keeping our homes and community safer. We hold the event at Expo Square in the parking lot for the old baseball team. Participants can enter off of 15th street any time...

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Spring Litter

If I could get everybody to do one simple task to help Tulsa, it would be to spend one hour picking up litter in the next month. Just one hour of walking around a playground or parking lot while wearing gloves and carrying a bag is all I ask.  I can help you pick a spot to clean and if necessary, even give you the gloves and the bag. Litter simply shows disrespect for the earth. It shows disrespect for our place. I imagine there are many ways to improve the value of your property, but I also...

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SB1162: A Recycling Bill Is A Jobs Bill

From the desk of Michael Patton, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Environmental Trust: I am pleased that there has been some progress in the Oklahoma Legislature in regards to recycling. Last week Senate bill 1162 made it out of committee to be heard on the floor. This bill creates the Oklahoma Recyclable Container Initiative, a working group for the purpose of encouraging and promoting recycling. The bill more clearly states that the working group will help create partnerships between...

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Green Christmas 2011

It is time to talk about how to give green presents for Christmas. Green gifts can be perfect for every member on your list and for the last 15 years the M.e.t. publishes a top ten list on our website. In general, we look for items made from recycled materials, don’t need batteries and help the recipient be green year-round. It can be hard to find items made from recycled materials, but they are becoming more common this year. A good example is cloth napkins made from recycled water bottles....

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