Choctaw Recycling Center sees huge growth in 2011

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

DURANT, OK - From small beginnings to a huge operation, the Choctaw Recycling Center has gone above and beyond to make their nation green. KXII talked to the project manager who says they owe their success to the community.

This is just some of the 140-thousand pounds the Choctaw Nation's recycling center brings in every month!

Director of Project Management Tracy Horst says that's more than a one-thousand percent increase from when they started the project four years ago.

"We've been fortunate to get the employees involved," said Horst. "Once the employees are involved, we've gotten all our tribal members involved so there's a lot of residential recycling. In the last six months we've gone to businesses in Durant and we've gotten them involved."

What many don't realize, is every single piece has to be sorted by hand, but that doesn't slow down this bunch.

Horst says that this particular group of bales probably equals out to about 40 thousand pounds and that's just shredded paper. To give you and idea of how hard these guys work they ship one of these out about every two weeks.

Fortunately we've got some great employees that have been able to keep up with that," said Horst. "The shelter workshop here in Durant also comes over and they help us sort through things. They're usually here two or three days a week."

And although they barely break even with government funding and material sales, Horst says they don't do it for green...they do it to be green.

You want to make sure that what you leave to your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews makes the world a better place and this is one of those things," she said.

They plan to continue to add new locations.


Plastic, Newspaper, Office paper, Magazines, Aluminum Cans, Print Cartridges, Styrofoam, Shredded Paper, Medicine Bottles, Phone Books, Cardboard, Steel Cans.

E-Waste (anything that runs on elecricity) can be picked up or dropped of at the main building located at 3408 Wes Watkins Blvd, Durant, OK.

Choctaw Recycling Center, 3408 Wes Watkins Blvd, Durant, OK
Idabel Field Office, 2408 E. Lincoln Road, Idablel, OK
Idabel Shopping Center, 1421 E. Washington, Idabel, OK
Broken Bow Field Office, 210 Choctaw Road, Broken Bow, OK
Choctaw Gaming Center-Broken Bow, 1709 South Park Dr. Broken Bow, OK
Choctaw Hospital
Poteau Health Clinic, 109 Kerr Ave. Poteau, OK
Spiro Field Office, 19400 AES Road Spiro, OK
Stigler Field Office, 120 N. Broadway, Stigler, OK
Willburton Field Office, 515 Center Point Road, Willburton, OK
Antler Field Office, 400 1/2 SW St., Antlers, OK
Wright City Field Office, HC 74 Box 1760, Wright City, OK
Choctaw Tribal Services, 304 Chahta Circle, Hugo, OK
Choctaw Gaming Center-Grant, Rt. 1, Box 17-1 Grant, OK
Choctaw Travel Plaza West-Durant, 4169 Choctaw Road, Calera, OK
Choctaw Tribal Complex, 529 N. 16th, Durant, OK
Old Casino (Gamming Comm.), 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, OK
Choctaw Gaming Center-Stringtown, 895 Hwy 69/75 N. Stringtown, OK
Atoka Field Office, 1410 S. Gin Road, Atoka, OK
McAlester Field Office, 1632 George Nigh Expway, McAlester, OK
Coalgate Field Office, 103 E. California Coalgate, OK
Talihina Field Office, 201 Dallas St., Talihina, OK
Travel Plaza East, 4015 Choctaw Road, Durant, OK
Food Distribution, 100 Waldron Dr., Durant, OK
Crowder Field Office, 707 Bond St. Crowder, Ok

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