New recycling facility unveiled
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2012
As the mayor proclaimed Thursday as the first-ever Tulsa Recycles Day, the new, high-tech material recovery facility processing all of the city’s household recyclables was unveiled.
Tulsa Recycle and Transfer, the contractor, recently went through a $10 million upgrade at its 1150 N. Peoria Ave., three-acre facility to replace an entirely manual process with one that uses dozens of automatic sorting points.
Magnets, optical scanners and air classifiers along the conveyer belts increase the amount of recycled materials and productivity.
“This technology is so advanced, I think we’ll see more material that ever being recycled in Tulsa and diverted away from our landfills,” said Tom Hill, CEO of American Waste Control, which owns Tulsa Recycle and Transfer.
Tulsans are already setting local records with their recycling efforts, city Solid Waste Services Manager Eric Lee said.
Out of the city’s 116,500 households, about 110,000 of them have accepted the recycling carts as part of the system that fully launched Oct. 1.
Tulsans will have recycled a total of about 2,400 tons through the end of this week—the seventh week of the program, he said.
Read more in Friday's Tulsa World.
Jessica Moreno works on a Material Recovery Facility at American Waste Control on Thursday. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World