Curbside recycling to begin Monday

Curbside recycling to begin Monday

A new recycling program will see Jenks going even greener.

Beginning Monday, each resident in Jenks will have a new recycling bin similar in stature to the waste bins already in place, but these are for something different. The bins with the yellow lids are for recyclable materials only and they differ from the old recycling bins.

The new recycling bins are estimated to be better financially for the city of Jenks and supposed to be more effective.

The old recycling bins went to the waste facility and were sorted through from there. Now, recyclables will go straight to a recycling center. Mayor Robert Lee said about 95% of recyclables are recovered with the new system compared to a much lesser rate form the old bins.

The change was made not only to be more environmentally friendly, but financially friendly as well.

American Waste Control was preparing to raise the city’s rates for the recycling service, so the Jenks city council decided to change its plan to get more out of their money.

“They were expecting to raise our rates, even if we did nothing,” Lee said. “It made a lot of sense for us to get something out of that increase. The increase we’re seeing might even be smaller than we were anticipating.”

Lee also said the city hopes citizens will be more apt to recycle with the bigger bins to help the landfill situation.

“The other financial aspect that was compelling to us was, the fact that trash rates are, in large part, determined by landfill space,” he said. “The more we can divert from landfills, the lower our rates will be in the long term. You look at other communities who have more limited landfill space, they’re spending over $100 a month in some cases and we wanted to make sure we could keep those prices down in the long term.”

Contents from the recycling bins will be collected the same day as regular trash. Separate vehicles will arrive at different times to collect the two. 

American Waste Control has been distributing recycling bins like the one above to Jenks residents over the past several weeks. Photo/Hayden Tucker

A bigger bin allows for a broader array of items to fit.

The American Waste Control website says the containers will allow for mixed papers, flattened cardboard, empty soap containers with lid, empty and clean aluminum and steel cans, empty food and beverage cartons, and empty and clean bottles and jars.

For more details of what to and what not to place in the bins go to

For the most part, citizens have been receptive of the change. Lee says he has been hearing of this issue since his campaign days and he’s glad to finalize it.

“I’ve heard a variety of comments, the vast majority has been positive,” he said. “This is something, even when I was first running for office, folks would tell me this is something they wanted. Ever since then it’s been a frequent request from people. Throughout the process people have been happy to know that we are working on bringing curbside recycling to Jenks.”

Hayden Tucker

Hayden Tucker is the Sports Editor and Director of Media for the Jenks Tribune. He has three years of experience in newspaper journalism before joining the Tribune. Tucker was born in McAlester, then moved to the Oklahoma City area in 2010 where he lived for nine years prior to moving to Jenks.

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