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Tulsa recycling company reminding residents to sort through materials

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 23:32:19-04

TULSA -- Research shows Oklahoma ranking 42nd in the country for overall eco-friendliness, and 47th when it comes to recycling solid waste.

"I think this is the number one thing we can do for our planet," said Jerri Lesikar, a Tulsa resident.

Jerri Lesikar is proud to call herself a recycling fanatic.

"If I go to somebody’s house and they have an empty toilet roll, tissue roll, in their trash can, I pick it up and take it home and recycle it," said Lesikar.

She drops her recyclables off at he M.e.t. Recycling Center near 35th and Sheridan.

"It’s simple, I don’t know why people don’t do it," said Lesikar.

Staff members are here seven days a week from 9:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon. If you want to drop off items in the off hours, you can dump them off in the night drop bins.

"Plastic bottles glass bottles, we accept paper, cardboard," said Graham Brannin, Executive Director of the M.e.t.

Brannin says they also accept unique items, ones that could damage equipment if placed in your curbside bin.

"Wires, hangers, hoses, and plastic bags for instance, is the number one problem, any of those cause problems in their processing equipment," said Brannin.

Brannin says it's frustrating when people dump their trash off at the recycling center, which he estimates takes up 20 percent of the employees time.

"They’re also working in the heat, and the cold and the wind and the rain, so think of your workers and make sure that you’re doing a good job so nobody is being abused in their job," said Brannin.

Click here to view a list of recyclable items.

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