Trade Show to Spotlight Recycling

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Oklahoma's governor and lieutenant governor are both tackling environmental problems head-on.

Following just two weeks after Gov. David Walters sponsored a Governor's Environmental Conference, Lt. Gov. Jack Mildren will follow up Monday and Tuesday with a Lt. Governor's Conference on Recycling Markets and a RecyclEarth Trade Mart.

This conference is for buyers, sellers and users of recycled materials. It is scheduled in Kirkpatrick Center, complete with a "Recycling Theatre" for seminar sessions, and display booths of local and national companies.

"The focus of this is not what government can do about recycling, but how can government work with private business to make the recycling effort work effectively and economically," said Dan Loague, manager of the recycling market development program of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and coordinator of the event.

"It is a one-of-a-kind trade show that is going to show people what you can do with recycled materials," Loague said.

RecyclEarth Trade Mart is planned as a buying and selling show of products made from recycled materials. It is intended to serve as a contact point for buyers and sellers of recycled products, Loague said.

Products range from the imaginable to the unimaginable in plastic, paper, rubber and even recycled T-shirts.

"Re-Earth Inc. of Durant recycles the T-shirts, and they take old Federal Express envelopes and make jackets out of them. Todd Recycling of Oklahoma City takes sawdust and compresses it super hard to make firelogs. We've got a company that makes soybean ink, Inx International of Tulsa," Loague said.

"American Excelsior makes peanuts for packing out of corn starch, and when you get through with it, you put it in the sink and it dissolves in water and it's gone. It is very environmentally friendly," he said.

"Some other `gee whiz' products that will be displayed are a substitute for steel wool called Scotch-Brite. It is made of recycled plastic Coke bottles by 3M Corp. …