ADA — Ada Recycling Coalition (ARC) met Dec. 13, 2006, at noon at the City of Ada West Annex for its monthly recycling meeting. Garmon Smith, chair, called the meeting to order at 12:20 p.m.

America Recycles Day results from last month’s event were discussed, and they are as follows:

• Mulching mower winner — Rex Harris (as seen in the Ada Evening News).

• Poster winners (photo and presentation scheduled).

• Awards banquet — Smith reported that he accepted the “Community Program of the Year” award for ARC at Tulsa last month and he passed around the press release. Dec. 4, Smith presented the Glass Award to the city council.  It is now on display at city hall.  Smith praised the city of Ada employees for their hard work and dedication and stated that Ada had the best recycling program in the state, for a city of its size.

Trudy Nevland reminded those who had not yet paid that dues were payable. Individual membership is $5. Business partner level membership is $150. Those interested in becoming a member should contact Nevland at (580) 436-8100.

Stan Fullingim, recycling coordinator, reported that 331 tons of recyclables were baled last quarter. This is down somewhat due to dropping mill prices because of a construction slow down.  Much of the cardboard is used to make sheetrock. Fullingim encouraged everyone to break down boxes before dropping them off.

Smith introduced Fenton Rood (ODEQ director, Waste Systems Planning) as the recycling guru of Oklahoma.  Rood, who made a surprise visit to the meeting, reinforced the following recycling rules for Fullingim:

 1. Remove plastic lids and rinse bottles

 2. Recycle shopping bags at Wal-Mart

 3. Motor oil containers are not accepted

 4. The standard for plastic recycling in Oklahoma is bottles with necks

 5. Break down cardboard boxes

Rood also praised Ada for its successful yard-waste collection practices. He said that Ada collects and keeps yard waste separated from trash at the landfill. After chipping, much of it is applied to the landfill slopes for armor but is also available for public use.

The city has extended bagged lawn clipping and leaf collection on Wednesdays through Dec. 20 this year.

ARC meets the second Wednesday of each month in the city’s west annex conference room at noon. Anyone interested in recycling or solid-waste issues may attend. For more information, phone Trudy Nevland at (580) 436-8100.

Those members and guests present were Garmon Smith, Trudy Nevland, Raymon Wright, Stan Fullingim, Fenton Rood, Robert Ford, Michael Ford, Amy Ford, Marilyn Ellis, Betty Parham, Joe Braly and Glenda DeShazo.

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