Recycle for Nature Program Protects Blue River and Increases Recycling in Oklahoma
May 01, 2017
With grant support from PepsiCo Recycling, The Nature Conservancy launched the Recycle for Nature outreach program in Oklahoma that is increasing the national average recycling rate, community awareness about the importance of recycling and clean drinking water, and engagement in the protection of our local freshwater resources.
Recycle for Nature in Oklahoma City
Recycle for Nature hit the streets in October 2015 to help increase Oklahoma City’s sustainability. Since then, The Nature Conservancy has provided recycling services to 30 plus events throughout Oklahoma City including H&8th, Jazz in June, deadCenter Film Festival, Live! On the Plaza, Open Streets OKC, and various parades. Recycle for Nature has reached over 250,000 Oklahomans and diverted 39,400 plastic bottles and aluminum cans from landfills.
Additionally, the Conservancy in conjunction with Oklahoma Small Business Development Center hosted a community water forum at Devon Tower in OKC in June 2016 showcasing innovative water management solutions from Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation and PepsiCo Recycling. The forum was an outreach effort of the Recycle for Nature program and free for the pubic to attend.
Volunteers Helping the Blue River
Via the Recycle for Nature program, over 120 volunteers donated their time and energy to help clean up litter and debris along the Blue River at Oka’ Yanahli Preserve near Ada. The Conservancy has hosted four amazing volunteer workdays and an environmental cleanup that have made a positive impact on the Blue River’s watershed, and benefited the quality of drinking water for over 150,000 Oklahomans.
Tomorrow’s leaders are just as important as today’s!
As part of the Recycle for Nature program, The Nature Conservancy hosted several youth engagement activities including:
- Field trip for 24 inner-city youth with the Positive Tomorrows Elementary School (OKC) in May 2016 to experience freshwater restoration sites and learn about the correlation of recycling, protecting natural infrastructure and clean drinking water. Students utilized digital cameras provided by the Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus program to creatively capture their new awareness via nature photography.
- Photo exhibit at H&8th Night Market in June 2016 featuring imagery from students at the Positive Tomorrow field trip.
- Hands-on freshwater learning activities with more than 250 Ada-area elementary students at East Central University’s Ada Water Day (May 2016) and hundreds more at Live on the Plaza (April 2016) in OKC.
The success of the Recycle for Nature is created via synchronizing multiple strategies: land stewardship, volunteerism, outreach, and community recycling. Recycle for Nature will continue through 2018 and we anticipate the results to increase dramatically.
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