Choctaw Nation recycling initiative pays off

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DURANT, OK -- A multi year recycling initiative by the Choctaw Nation is paying off.

The Choctaw Nation recycling centers have exceeded their goal of collecting five million pounds of recyclable materials from 2011 through this January.

They collect everything from cardboard mixed paper to plastics to electronics.

The energy consumption from the recycled items could power 380 homes for a year.

The recycling center's director of project management says they hope to make a positive impact.

Director of Projects Management Tracy Horst said, "We're looking to make a difference in the environment, hopefully make a difference in people's waste bill, and divert it from a landfill."

The Choctaw Nation was also awarded a $1,000 dollar environmental education grant from the state that will help teach schools' how to live more green.