Choctaw Nation to host E-Waste collection events

By: By: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
By: By: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will be hosting two electronic waste (e-waste) collections this January in an effort to reduce the amount of reusable raw materials placed in landfills.

The first collection will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Choctaw Nation Recycling Center, located at 3408 Wes Watkins Blvd. in Durant (north of the Choctaw Casino and Resort, off Enterprise Drive).

The second will be at the Choctaw Village Shopping Center at 1421 SE Washington in Idabel from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Each collection will allow those seeking to dispose of electronic waste to do so in an environmentally safe fashion. E-Waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal waste stream. It is produced when electronic products from homes, schools, and businesses become obsolete or no longer functional and need to be discarded.

E-Waste contains many valuable, recoverable resources such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics and ferrous metals, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling old, unwanted electronics conserves natural resources, helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and saves energy and raw material resources. Recycling also prevents the toxic chemicals found in electronic components (mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and chromium) from leaching into our soil when land filled.

In observance with these facts, the Choctaw Nation encourages everyone to take part in this environmentally conscious effort. “We are certainly happy to provide an opportunity for people to dispose of this type of waste. It is important that we not only advocate going green, but also facilitate the necessary actions to make a real difference, and that is what we are doing here,” said Chief Gregory E. Pyle.

Acceptable items for recycling include computers, laptops, fax machines, washers, dryers, gaming equipment, cell phones, hard drives ($20 fee to wipe memory), television sets, fitness equipment, auto batteries and anything else that runs on electricity.

To put things in perspective, Choctaw Nation Recycling would like everyone to remember that, “Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 homes in the United States in a year. For every one million cell phones recycled 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 of silver, 75 of gold, and 33 of palladium can be recovered.”

For any questions about the E-Waste Collections, call 580.775.4231, or email thorst@choctawnation.com.


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