2012 Oklahoma Recycling School – Owasso Green TeamFor 3 years, the Owasso 7th Grade Centerhas worked at being more environmentallyminded. With co-leadership from Jill Henrie,Kelly Flint and Neil Richards of theGreenTeam, the students worked tirelesslyto make recycling successful in their schoolby planning meetings and volunteering tomake the recycling collection process moreefficient. First they started a program wherethey personally delivered the items to theOwasso Recycling Center, but now they usea company that comes to them. Theyteamed up with their custodian to do schoolimprovements such as planting trees,flowers, installing benches and many moreprojects to make their school more energyefficient and beautiful.
2012 Oklahoma Recycling Non-Profit – Pride in McAlester Established in April 2008, Pride In McAlester was organized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to make McAlester a cleaner, safer, more beautiful place to live and work. Pride In McAlester does many things for the community such as a Painting Program, which works with volunteers to maintain public spaces, restoring the OKLA theater in Downtown McAlester and also recognizing individuals and businesses that take action to clean up their communities. Pride in McAlester even offers complimentary cardboard pick up for new residents of McAlester or citizens that have recently moved. This cardboard is then taken to the McAlester Recycling Center to be recycled.
Pride in McAlester Justin Few, Stephanie Giacomo, President of the Executive DirectorBoard of Trustees
2012 Oklahoma Recycling Educator – Ruth Askew BrelsfordRuth Askew Brelsford is the Speech/TheatreDepartment Chair at Eastern Oklahoma StateCollege where she also directs the HonorsProgram. With the support of theadministration, Ruth and the Honors studentsmade recycling on campus their goal. Easternnow has recycling bins in all buildings and atrailer for recyclables that can be utilized bylocal citizens, as well as students, staff, andfaculty. The Honors Program partnered withother campus organizations and clubs to holdthe first annual Recycling Carnival on EarthDay last year where all refreshments werepurchased for the price of a recyclable.Honors students continue to partner with the Eastern Student Government Association tocampaign against the use of Styrofoam in the school cafeteria. Ruth is also coordinating anon-going campaign on campus to continue to educate students about recycling.
2012 Oklahoma Recycling Event – Route 66 Marathon The Williams Route 66 Marathon is leading the way for other racing events. It is a zero waste event and serves as a founding member of the Sports Events Community of Practice at the request of the Council for Responsible Sport. This committee evaluates ways sporting events can reduce their carbon footprint. In November 2011, the marathon board applied for certification credits in categories such as waste management, community impact and health promotion. The Williams Route 66 Marathon received ReSport Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport. To qualify for certification, the marathon showed participation in six categories: waste; climate; equipment and materials; community and outreach; health promotion; and innovation.
Route 66 MarathonJessica Hargis,Director of Sustainability
2012 Oklahoma Recycling Business – Spirit AeroSystemsUnder the direction of Pamala Zora, Spirit AeroSystems has implemented manyprograms around its facility to qualify them for the Green Business Award. Since 2009, SpiritAeroSystems has processed over 3300 tons to the Covanta facility. They have collected over340 tons of cardboard to National Waste since 2011. Spirit AeroSystems also has many smallerprograms in operation. They collect solvent rags that are sent out to be processed. Thecompany they work with extracts the chemicals and Spirit then reuses the rags. They send oiland petroleum fuels to Systech where they’re processed for fossil fuel replacement. SpiritAreoSystems collects metal roll off containers that are taken to local recyclers in Tulsa. Theyalso have compactors all around their facility for cardboard recycling.
2012 Oklahoma Recycling Government – TAREAfter more than four years of extensive research andplanning, the Tulsa Authority of Energy (T.A.R.E.) and theCity of Tulsa recently implemented a new cart-based,pay-as-you-throw residential refuse and recyclingprogram. With recycling being a central program feature,this new collection service provides Tulsans with moreconvenient, efficient and sustainable methods to disposeof trash, recycling and green waste. Under this newsystem, more than 85% of a household’s refuse can berecycled. As part of this new service, approximately111,000 of the city’s more than 116,000 residentialcustomers opted to participate in recycling and accept a96-gallon recycling cart. This recycling participation willhave a significant impact on the volume of recyclablescollected and it is anticipated that as a result, new jobsand market opportunities will be created.
2012 Oklahoma Recycler of the Year – Kenneth BurkettKenny Burkett is a remarkable visionary of waste recycling. His companies include AmericanWaste Control, which is the largest commercial collection company in Tulsa, Tulsa Recycle andTransfer, which is home to the brand new recycling facility called Mr. Murph, and AmericanEnvironmental Landfill (AEL), which has been recognized as the best managed landfill in thestate.Kenny is probably best known in Tulsa for his company’s recent Mr. Murph initiatives to helpreduce the city’s waste through recycling and saving resources. American Waste Control andTRT officially launched their Material Recovery Facility (Mr. Murph) in March 2011 with theexpectation of increasing Tulsa’s recycling rates and reducing area landfills. Today, the facilityis enabling Tulsa to recycle more products than ever before, including plastics, aluminum,cardboard, glass and paper, due to Mr. Murph’s advanced recycling automation.Recycling rates in Tulsa have skyrocketed because of Kenny’s leadership and caring approachto our environment. He also initiated an innovative approach at his disposal site, AmericanEnvironmental Landfill, for using non-recyclable trash residue to produce renewable energyand provide over 4,000 homes in Sand Springs with power.
2012 Oklahoma Recycler of the Year – Kenneth Burkett Kenny recently received an award from the National Solid Waste Management Association for his professional impact in the area of waste management, plus, his innovative efforts for implementing “Mr. Murph” recycling programs throughout Tulsa. With over 50 years of experience in the waste industry, Kenny is a pioneering, dynamic leader, dedicated to recycling for not only Tulsa, but all of Green Country.