Broken Arrow residents trying to go green with curbside recycling proposal

Posted at 10:02 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 12:56:18-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The city is trying to go green as residents are finding a way to bring curbside recycling to the community.

It's recycling day in Dawn Seing's home, and it may take a while.

“The only option people have right now to recycle is to collect the recyclables themselves and then take it to the Met recycling location," said City of Broken Arrow Spokeswoman Krista Flasch.

And for residents like Seing the current system isn't cutting it.

“I feel like more people would recycle if the city provided curbside recycling," said Seing.

So the city is starting to sort things out.

“It’s something citizens have requested and so we’re listening to their requests, and that’s why we created the citizens recycling committee," Flasch said.

"And I signed up!" said Seing.

The committee taking the wheel and fielding concerns.

“They are under the misguided notion that it’s going to be mandated, and it’s not.”

To come up with a proposal.

“If we do recycle, what does that look like?”

They presented two pilot programs.

The first has a section of Broken Arrow put their trash bags out with a recycling bin on a trash day once a week.

The second gives another section a bin for recycling and a bin for trash to put out once a week, and people will have to buy their own bags.

For now, as Dawn separates the newspapers from the plastics, and the cans, she's hopeful the city will find a renewable solution.

“We’re the fourth largest city in the state, we need to lead here. We need to be on the forefront, we need to do the right thing,”

The BA city council is reviewing the committee's proposal and plans to discuss the issue at its next meeting.

But officials stress nothing will change until the council makes a final decision.

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