Recycling in McAlester isn’t the most convenient process, but it certainly isn’t a challenge. Recycling is conducted by a wide array of citizens from youth to retired and from lower to upper class, numerous citizens see the benefit and and importance of utilizing the McAlester Recycling Center.
To show off how every day citizens recycle, we’ve delved into the homes of a few people to show that there isn’t one right way to collect and sort your recycling. Any system that works at your home is the right system.
The Super Organized
This is the real recycling collection of a McAlester citizen. They use a corner of the garage to sort and store recyclables. Separate bins for newspaper, other paper and #1 & #2 plastics. A grocery sack for glass bottles and a garbage bag for tin cans. They also use a large cardboard box to collect cardboard. (They save the box when they dump the contents.)
They make drops at the Choctaw bin at Kiamichi Technology Center and at the McAlester Recycling Center. They only make a trip when the bins fill up – usually on a weekend.
The Casual Recycler
This is another real-life example of recycling in McAlester. This family keeps their collection inside and sort by type, simply sliding the broken-down cardboard in back when needed. Once their recycling fills up, it gets hauled off to the McAlester Recycling Center at Choctaw and Main Street.
The Thrifty Recycler
This family skipped the cost of fancy recycling container and simply reused existing containers. (Isn’t that paper basket awesome?!) They sort as they go and keep these containers in their garage. When they are full, they take them to the center. They also keep bags at the office & do the same. It takes very little time & their trash can is rarely full!!
The Minimalist Recycler
Okay, I know this isn’t a real-life photo, but it’s pretty much what my recycling looks like at any given time. We collect all of our recyclables in a small red bin that sits in an otherwise unused portion of a counter top in the kitchen. Since we never prepare food in that area, it works in our relatively small home. The bin gets full every couple of days, so we simply sort it out into reused plastic grocery bags and drop it by the McAlester Recycling Center on the way to work.
The Crafty Recycler
Looking for a way to recycle that has a bit more character, look at this adorable internet find.
Does that appeal to you, but you don’t have the horizontal space? This vertical version is equally attractive.
One common theme you’ve probably noticed in most of these are labels. It’s true – if there are more than two people in your home and your plan is to presort your recyclables, you’re going to want to clearly label your bins to prevent cross contamination. Besides, what doesn’t look better with a label?!
The Office RecyclerThis is the recycling collection at the Pride In McAlester office. Yes, we have fancy collection bins that we received in-kind several years ago. If you’re into that kind of thing, a simple visit to the local home store will probably help you locate your very own blue bins for a lot less money that you’d initially assume.
The process for recycling in McAlester is pretty basic and we’ve condensed it into this helpful infographic for your quick reference.
As referenced above, there is also a Choctaw Nation Going Green Bin at the Kiamichi Technology Center, the Choctaw Nation Community Center, and Mann’s Flowers. They collect many items that the McAlester Recycling Center doesn’t currently accept.
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Still have questions about recycling? Call Pride In McAlester at 918-426-4444 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.