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'Unboxing Christmas' recycling campaign kicks off Thursday
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'Unboxing Christmas' recycling campaign kicks off Thursday

'Unboxing Christmas' recycling campaign kicks off Thursday

'Unboxing Christmas' recycling campaign kicks off Thursday

American Waste Control recycled more than four million pounds of post-Christmas materials in the 12 days following the holiday last year, and this year the company hopes to smash that record.

There are ove 100 Mr. Murph recycling sites in northeast Oklahoma.

They will accept cardboard, paper, plastics and aluminum at many of the locations.

At the main Mr. Murph center, 1150 N. Peoria, they'll also accept styrofoam, trees, lights, and extension cords.

Anything that can't be recycled gets burned in American Waste Control's new trash-to-energy plant in Sand Springs.

“We’re delivering a huge one-two punch in our effort to reuse and recycle Christmas waste,” said Kenny Burkett, founder and owner of American Waste Control. “Any items that we just can’t process through Mr. Murph is being sent to our new waste to energy processing plant at our landfill and turned in to power. It may sound funny, but some of your Styrofoam and Christmas ribbons may just help turn on someone’s lights.”

The waste to energy program helps provide electricity for nearly 5,000 area homes.

The "Unboxing Christmas" campaign begins Dec. 26 and runs until Jan. 6.

Proceeds from the campaign will benefit American Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC), a local charity dedicated to benefiting disabled children and adults through therapeutic horseback riding.

“I believe folks working hand in hand can make a difference,” said Kenneth Burkett, founder and owner of American Waste Control.  “We encourage all of Tulsa to join us in keeping Tulsa clean by feeding Mr. Murph.” 

CURBSIDE RECYCLING RULES FROM THE CITY OF TULSA:

  • Any capacity in the customer's recycling cart may be used for acceptable recyclable items to include cardboard.
  • Wrapping paper and Styrofoam are not acceptable recyclable items. However, cardboard wrapping paper tubes may be recycled.
  • No plastic film will be accepted.
  • No ribbons or bows will be accepted although customers are encouraged to repurpose.
  • Extra refuse placed outside of the customer's refuse cart(s) will need to be bagged and have an 'Extra Refuse' sticker applied to each bag. 
  • Cardboard must be in recycling cart.
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