November 19, 2013

Chickasha is first in state for recycling

MET honors city for green efforts

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


Chickasha was named the number one recycling community in Oklahoma this weekend by the Metropolitan Environmental Trust. 

The MET's statistics said Chickasha has a 63 percent participation rate. 

"They said to have 60 percent still participating after a year is wild," said City Clerk Gina Snedeker who accepted the award in Tulsa. "They told me it's rare for a city of this size to win this award." 

Residents are averaging 26 pounds per pickup of recycled material and have diverted over 1.6 million pounds in the last 12 months, according to the MET. 

Chickasha beat out cities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Edmond for this award. 

The MET said Chickasha's success comes from providing two different bins for each participant. 

Chickasha's recycle rate is the highest in the state.