Life in Tulsa definitely is urban - highways, skyscrapers and
industrial areas promote economic development. But life in Tulsa
also should include a healthy environment with clean air and water,
trees, parks, and creeks where fish can live.
The Office of Sustainability is the coordinating office of the
City of Tulsa's Environmental efforts. City of Tulsa environmental
initiatives, goals and programs in all departments are the
focus of that office. The office oversees and coordinates the
energy plans submitted by various departments, and administers
grant funds related to energy. The office also keeps track of key
accomplishments, and maintains a calendar of events related
to environmental topics and a resource list of local and
national environmental organizations.
The City operates several programs that help to assure a high
quality environment in Tulsa. Key among these are:
Refuse - Curbside Recycling:
Tulsa residents can help their environment through
recycling either at the curb or at several Metropolitan
Environmental Trust locations throughout the city. Tulsa trash now
goes to the Covanta Trash to Energy Plant. Recycling reduces the
amount of trash Tulsa sends to the burn plant.
City of Tulsa Recycling
The City of Tulsa's Greenwaste site is located at 2100
North 145th E. Ave., is open seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. (excluding City holidays.) Tulsans can drop
off yard waste, including tree limbs and leaves or pick
up free mulch created from green debris from city parks and green
spaces. Free firewood is also available at this site, to those who
bring the tools to cut the branches!
City of Tulsa Greenwaste
Another important part of keeping Tulsa's environment
healthy is making sure that water that flows into storm drains is
clean. Tulsa's storm drainage system consists of many pipes that
drain water from streets to either the Arkansas River or to Bird
Creek. Allowing substances such as motor oil, antifreeze,
fertilizer, pesticides, or pet waste to wash into storm drains will
pollute water that flows to the river or creek. The City of Tulsa
provides information on correct disposal of these substances.
City of Tulsa Stormwater Quality
Trap The Grease:
This City of Tulsa program is dedicated to offering education
about how grease affects sewer pipes in the Tulsa metropolitan
area. In the city of Tulsa, cooking grease is one of the major
causes of residential pipeline and City sewer blockages. The
spilled sewage eventually reaches Oklahoma streams and rivers,
causing unsafe conditions. See the informative pages on this
website to learn how you, in a few simple steps, can help prevent
costly sewage overflows in your neighborhood.
City of Tulsa Trap The Grease Program