Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Recycling, Household Waste Issues on City Council Agenda

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Recycling, Household Waste Issues on City Council Agenda

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A pilot curbside recycling program, hazardous household waste collection and other recycling issues will be discussed Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Council.

The programs have been developed to keep Oklahoma City abreast of federal regulations, said Mark Schwartz, ward 2 councilman and vice chairman of the National League of Cities' energy, environment and national resource steering committee.

"The objective," Schwartz said, "is not to be in a position that someone is forcing us to do something. With study and preparation, we will have a first rate recycling program."

The pilot recycling program could begin in August or September. About 600 households in Crown Heights will participate at a cost of $6,000 to $7,000, Schwartz said. The cost is primarily to provide the containers.

The participation ratio is as low as 10 percent when the containers are not provided by the city and as high as 75 percent when containers are provided, he said. Two types of containers will be tested to determine which one citizens prefer.

Schwartz hopes the city can implement a citywide recycling program by 1991. The cost for containers will be about $1.5 million, he said.

The city can offset the cost by selling recyclable items. Schwartz said the market for aluminum is good, for glass is not bad and for newsprint is marginal.

The cost of recycling is minimal compared to the cost of landfilling, he said. The lining and monitoring system for landfills are expensive and that cost is passed on to the consumer. Other problems with landfills are groundwater contamination, health costs, higher insurance premiums and finding space to put them.

"Recycling is mandatory in 13 states and that is coming down the pike for Oklahoma, too," he said. "We'll be out in front working on things."

The household hazardous waste collection could take place in July or August, Schwartz said, and would cost the city $25,000 to $50,000 to dispose of the hazardous waste.

The items that will be accepted in Oklahoma City are pesticides, herbicides, spent and contaminated solvents, paints and stains, wood preservatives, pool chemicals, spent acids, poisons, household cleaners and polishes, drain openers, furniture strippers, unwanted fuels, fertilizers, chemistry sets, photographic chemicals and car batteries. . .

Chamber to Celebrate 100th Birthday The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 100th birthday on May 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Frontier City.

In May 1889, a group of business leaders formed the Board of Trade to establish Oklahoma City as a regional center for railroads, agriculture and manufacturing. The board elected 21 directors and formed 9 committees to oversee efforts to promote Oklahoma City and establish economic diversification.

The name was changed several times before the organization became the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce in 1902, but the goal of bringing business and industry to Oklahoma City has not changed. …

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