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2004 - Government Agency - Environmental Improvement - OK Dept. of Environmental Quality

"This land is your land" was demonstrated in a wonderful new way this summer at Okemah's annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival when the city teamed up with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to showcase recycling.

With the cooperation of The Met, Midland Recycling and Abitibi Consolidated, DEQ set up collection facilities, recruited volunteers and coordinated the marketing of the recyclables. The project slashed the trash burden from the four-day festival in half and enhanced Okemah's positive image along the way.

For demonstrating that event recycling is both feasible and practical, the state Department of Environmental Quality is good news for folks and festivals in Oklahoma.