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November 21, 2019

For Immediate Release
Nov. 21, 2019 
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Muscogee (Creek) Nation promotes recycling in community

Muscogee (Creek) Nation participates in National Recycle Day

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Environmental Services (MCNES) encouraged the local community to recycle during the National Recycle Day Nov. 15, by holding a recycling drive.

The department collected numerous things including: electronics, plastic bottles, cans, batteries and tires.

MCNES Director James Williams said this is one of their biggest events and they wanted to expand it this year.

“Anything that you usually couldn’t throw away, it can be brought to us,” he said. “We are collecting white goods this year. White goods are things such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, to name a few.”

Williams said old batteries that get thrown onto the ground are very bad for the environment because it will not break down.

“Those will never go away,” he said.

The electronics collected by MCNES would normally be dumped in a landfill and a lot of landfills are getting full.

“A lot of organizations are tapping into the landfills and seeing what can be taken out to be recycled,” Williams said. “Take the tires that we are collecting. These tires are going to be reused for things such as playground equipment.”

Williams says they plan to do this event twice a year.

“One event will be on Earth day and the next will be on National Recycles Day,” he said.

He also said when he is doing the collecting of recyclables, he is thinking of the future generations.

I do not want our children, and grandchildren burdened with this problem,” Williams said. “If we can start this now it is going to benefit them and make their Earth a lot better.”