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EEC Spotlight - Chickasaw Nation

Chickasaw Nation ReUse Center, Wins! 

 

In 2010, the City of Ada was faced with a difficult problem - the closure of the city sanitation department and local landfill. The landfill was near capacity and scheduled to close causing a massive ripple effect where residents and city administrators would have to change disposal practices and logistics they had been accustomed to for several years. Fortunately, the Chickasaw Nation saw an opportunity. Their solution earned them the Tribal Government Award at the 2010 Environmental Excellence Awards.

Located in Ada, the Chickasaw Nation ReUse Center, wholly owned by the Nation, is operated but the tribe’s Department of Environmental Services. Thanks to their foresight, Ada residents now have the possibility to keep recyclable items out of the landfill. Operating out of a 6,250 sq. ft. building, the Nation diverts 826 pounds of material from the waste stream each day the facility is in operation.

The ReUse Center isn’t only a location to recycle but provides a social resource to the community as well. Individuals and families using the center often are in need of assistance or have been referred by local and tribal social services. The demand for items, especially for children’s clothes, furniture an dibasic kitchen and household goods, often exceed the supply of items available. The Chickasaw Nation saw an opportunity to utilize the ReUse Center not only to protect the health of the environment but to serve and assist those in need.

Every day across Oklahoma, communities are coming together to accomplish great things. With very little resources but often a lot of effort these projects have a direct impact on our state. For 25 years Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has been recognizing these great works but it is up to you to make sure we know about them. Have a project that made a difference? An initiative that made an impact?

Have you seen something in your community that needs to be recognized? Does this sound like a group or organization you know? They could be this year’s winner. We have categories (Click Here!) to fit projects big and small, private businesses and community organizations and everything in between. Nominations are open until August 10th. We want to know about it! Your efforts are an inspiration to us all. http://bit.ly/EECNom

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