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2003 - Individual Achievement Award - Environmental Improvement - Sue Roy

In Newkirk, she's simply known as "The Can Lady" …. and for good reason. It is estimated that Sue Roy has collected and recycled more than five tons of aluminum cans since 1990.

Following her frequent drives to sell the cans in Ponca City, she donates the proceeds to assist the Boy Scout program and the city library. She also regularly picks up litter and recycles plastic, paper and glass; not for money, of course, but because of her desire for a healthy, clean and beautiful environment.

Our judges call her "amazingly dedicated". We salute her not only for that dedication, but also for her achievement in inspiring half of Newkirk to become recyclers. Sue Roy is good news and a great example for recycling in Oklahoma.