View Full Version : New Recycling Stations Coming to Downtown

Plutonic Panda
02-10-2015, 08:18 PM
I love seeing this stuff!

OKLAHOMA CITY – Recycling stations across the metro are getting a makeover.

The ‘Big belly recycling stations’ use a solar-powered compactor to allow the station to hold up to five times more trash than a typical can of the same size.

“The sun powers the mechanism, that uses a sensor, that lets it know how full the trash can is,” T.O. Bowman, with the City of Oklahoma City, said.

Once the station is full, an email will be sent to Downtown OKC Inc. Clean Team.

Officials say five recycling stations will be installed this week to decrease trash on the streets.

“It will allow us to have a higher level of customer service and be able to respond to those, so we don’t have the over-spilling trash cans and that embarrassing situation,” Bowman said.

Each one of the compacting recycling stations costs almost $5,000.

Organizers say it’s an investment that will shrink Oklahoma City’s carbon footprint.

“You know, the stations, as you can expect, are a little more expensive than a traditional trash can, so we wanted to make sure it’s something that’s worth the investment and we believe it is,” Bowman said.

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02-11-2015, 02:25 AM
it's about time. OKC is late to the game of recycling.

02-11-2015, 05:50 PM
I think some are already out, saw one in bricktown at Mickey Mantel/Sheridan by Tapworks that wasn't there recently.

Plutonic Panda
02-11-2015, 09:54 PM pg


02-17-2015, 01:55 PM
it's about time. OKC is late to the game of recycling.

So very late. They need to replace the tiny blue bins with regular trash-can-sized recycle containers, and step up the game on what they accept (last I heard, they don't take cardboard, brown paper grocery bags, frozen meal containers, and things like that, but it may have changed by now). In the Seattle area, the trash cans are smaller than the recycle cans, and they charge you if you overflow your trash can or have more than one.

Plutonic Panda
02-17-2015, 02:21 PM
Edmond, A SUBURB, has already done that. Suburbs should follow their parent cities not the other way around.

02-17-2015, 05:12 PM
It is kind of amazing we are just now getting this. Nevertheless, it's a step in the right direction.