The City and the Tulsa Authority for Recovery of Energy (TARE)
board have launched a new recycling education program - "Focus on
the Four" - to simplify recycling for Tulsa residents.
Why the new program?
Since the City launched its new
recycling program in 2012, the number of Tulsans recycling and the
tonnage of recyclables being processed have risen dramatically.
It's good that more Tulsans are recycling, but the City has also
seen an increase in items being put into the blue recycling carts
that CANNOT be recycled through the City. This leads to a high
"contamination rate" at the City's recycling processing center -
and that costs the City and resident's money.
The contamination rate is now at 26.82 percent, and it needs to
be at 15 percent or less. By lowering the contamination rate, the
City will be able to save money on recycling processing fees and
trash tipping fees, which in turn keeps trash rates down for
The City is getting back to basics and launching a program to
simplify recycling in Tulsa. This simplified approach makes it
easy for residents 10 to 100 years old and over every demographic
to remember: Focus on the Four and learn more
about what can be
The Program - "Focus on the Four"
This campaign's theme - Focus on the Four - asks Tulsa residents
to limit what they put into their blue cart to only four groups of
- Aluminum & Steel Cans
- Paper & Cardboard
- Plastic (#1-7)
- Glass jars and bottles
If there are questions on what can be recycled, go
by the rule - "When in doubt, throw it out."
Each City of Tulsa
resident has the opportunity to recycle as a 96-gallon blue
recycling cart has been provided to residents. Recycling is NOT
mandatory, but is included in all service plan rates.
More than 80 percent of your household waste is recyclable! The
more you recycle the less trash you throw out. The less trash you
throw out, the smaller the trash cart you need. The smaller the
trash cart, the less you pay for monthly collection service.
Learn more about what can and cannot be recycled.
Only recycling placed in City of Tulsa issued recycling carts
will be collected
- Place all recyclables loose in the cart. No need to
- Do not bag recyclables.
- Cart(s) must be set out before 6 a.m. on your collection day.
The hauler has until 8 p.m. to collect your recyclables.
- Cart lids must be closed completely.
- Cart(s) must be removed from the curb within 12 hours after the
cart has been serviced.
- Position carts at the curb with lid opening toward the
- Please leave 3 ft. of space between the recycling and refuse
carts and place away from any obstruction (i.e. landscaping, light
pole, basketball goal, vehicles, mailbox).
Recycling Audits Help Inform Customers on Recycling
The City of Tulsa is required to perform quarterly audits to
help avoid high contamination rates among 109,000 Tulsa recycling
customers. With the recycling program just over a year old, city
staff has found that most citizens have embraced the new recycling
system and are recycling more, not just because it keeps refuse
rates down, but because it's better for the environment.