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Oklahoma ranks low in recycling survey, but local officials say it's easy to recycle

Posted at 12:36 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 13:39:24-04

TULSA, Okla. — As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we look at where Oklahoma ranks compared to other states as an eco-friendly place.

According to, the greenest state is Vermont with Oklahoma ranking in 42nd place for overall eco-friendliness. When it comes to recycling solid waste, Oklahoma ranks 47th with Louisiana being the worst state.

In Tulsa, there are several ways to recycle and help save the environment.

If you have a blue bin outside your home, you can recycle materials at no extra cost. It's included in your service rate plan.

There are also hundreds of American Waste Control bins across the Tulsa Metro area where you can dispose of recyclable materials.

Things that you can recycle:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Rigid plastic (#1-7)

According to City of Tulsa officials, one of the biggest problems since the curbside recycling program launched in 2012 is contamination. The rate is between 21.75% and 35.85% with people throwing out items that are not recyclable, such as plastic bags, plastic tarps, extension cords and hangers.

In 2018, the City of Tulsa recycled 19,507 tons compared to 20,206 tons in 2017.

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