Facts & Benefits of Recycling

Where do our Recyclables Go?

Commentary by Chaz Miller 6-8-23


Alice Mutasa / Alamy Stock Photorecycling bales
I asked myself this question as I was preparing to speak at my home county’s Recycling Awards ceremony. I wanted to let our award winners know their efforts are not in vain. While they may have seen or read stories claiming recycling is a hoax, I knew our county’s recyclables are being turned into new products.
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Chaz Miller | Jun 08, 2023

Is Recycling a Fraud?

Commentary by Chaz Miller 4-11-22

Is Recycling a Fraud?

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Over the last few years, recycling has been subject to a barrage of bad press. First it was the bad markets caused largely by the Chinese decision to ban the imports of recyclables. Then came the stories claiming that our recyclables get tossed into landfills or are sent overseas to be dumped. That was followed by easily quotable and highly misleading statistics such as only nine percent of plastics are recycled. No wonder many people are suspicious about recycling.

Chaz Miller | Apr 11, 2022

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Celebrating Recycling’s Benefits: Press Release

Print or download this press release. In honor of “Oklahoma Celebrates America Recycles Day” this year, the Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA) wants to remind Oklahomans of recycling’s benefits. Recycling provides a range of environmental and economic benefits to our communities that the alternatives, landfilling and incineration, simply do not provide. Manufacturing with recycled materials saves […]

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America Saves Energy by Recycling: Press Release

Print or download this press release. Most U.S. citizens agree that it is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy and reusing valuable resources. Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with […]

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Amazing Recycling Facts

Each of us generates on average 4.4 pounds of waste per day per person. Recycling and composting recovered 24 percent of our municipal solid waste in 1994. That’s around 49 million tons! Recycling all of your home’s waste newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds a year. Recycling an […]

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