The Choctaw Nation is currently involved in a recycling program aimed at reducing waste in the health care system.  Going "Green" teaches and implements sound recycling practices that have led to a reduction in the overall total waste going into landfills.  Landfill waste is often loaded with recyclable items such as aluminum, plastic, and batteries.  By taking steps towards a reducing waste we are ensuring that future generations will benefit from a healthier environment.

Here is a brief outline of the items currently being recycled within the program:

Paper:

A very popular and easy product to recycle is paper. Here are the types of paper we are collecting for recycling:

Newspapers
Phone Books
Magazines
Junk Mail
Paper packaging that has not been soiled by food
Envelopes and envelopes with plastic windows

While almost all paper can be recycled today, there are still some types that are harder to recycle than others.

Papers coated with plastic or aluminum foil, and papers that are waxed, pasted or gummed are usually not recycled. Some examples are: stickers, carbon paper, laminated paper(eg. fast-food wraps, drink boxes, foil), neon paper, thermal fax paper.

Plastic:


Recycling plastic is more of a necessity  than anything else.

Plastics are also not biodegradable and it takes thousands of years for plastic to disintegrate and decompose. They pollute the environment whether they are buried or burnt in incinerators.

Here are the plastic items we accept:

Plastic drink bottles
Plastic shampoo or detergent bottles
Plastic vitamin bottles

Plastics need to be sorted by their type before they can be recycled.  Hence, you can help by sorting your plastic recyclable material before sending it for recycling.   Look out for the recycling codes that are usually moulded into the bottom of the containers.  Pleases rinse containers out before depositing  them into the recycle bin.

Padded bubble envelopes, as most of this gets mixed with sawdust to make plastic wood.

Plastic bags that are made from type 2 or 4 plastic. These bags can be made into composite lumber.  But collection is not particularly profitable, so it may be better to reduce their use first, and then recycle them if needed.

Aluminum

Aluminum is another product that is simple and easy to recycle. Here are the aluminum items we accept:

Aluminum drink cans
Aluminum caps and lids
Aluminum foil

Scrap aluminum like spare parts of vehicles, bikes, lawn chairs, window frames and pots.

Prior to throwing your aluminum into the recycle bin, please rinse with water.  You only need to clean enough to prevent odors. The high temperature of metal processing deals easily with contaminations.

Metal coated plastic film, often used for snack packets or sweet wrappers, may look like aluminum but they are not recyclable.  Use the scrunch test to check as to whether these wrappers are made of aluminum foil.  If the wrapper springs back when scrunched in the hand it is not aluminum, and hence not recyclable!


Cardboard:

Cardboard boxes
Corrugated Cardboard or shipping and packaging boxes that are identifiable by a squiggly layer of paper sandwiched between sheets.
Cardboard boxes should be broken down and folded prior to putting it in the cardboard recycle bin.

Electronic Devices:

Many materials used in the construction of computer hardware can be recovered in the recycling process for use in future production.

This is because computer components contain valuable elements and substances, such as gold, lead and copper that can be reclaimed.

If it uses electricity, we will take it. Here are some examples:

Personal computers
Laptops & Notebooks
CRT Monitors
Flat Screen Monitors
Keyboards and Mice
Printers and Copiers
Fax Machines
Power Supplies
UPS systems
Kitchen and Personal appliances
Refrigerators
TV's
Digital Cameras