The City of Claremore partners with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust
, which is a regional trust that coordinates and implements recycling and environmental activities. The City has also partnered with the Rogers County Work Training Center to establish free drop-off recycling center in Claremore.
The new drop-off recycling center is located at 810 W. Ramm Road. It accepts:
- Office paper and junk mail
- Phone books
- #1 & #2 plastics
- Aluminum cans
- Glass bottles
- Batteries (household and automotive)
- Used cooking oil
- Used motor oil (limit of five gallons per day)
There are several Claremore companies that accept items, such as tires, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, etc., that our drop-off site cannot accept. A complete list
is available online.
The City of Claremore supports the Home of Hope Work Training Center. Home of hope provides the city with employees who maintain the recycling operation. Home of Hope is a United Way Agency that employes disabled citizens who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work. These citizens do an excellent job for the City of Claremore. We are proud to help establish a recycling program and help the Home of Hope at the same time.
Curbside Recycling Versus Drop-Off Recycling
Regional statistics show that drop-off recycling has more participation than a fee based curbside recycling service. For example, in Tulsa 7,600 households participated in curbside recycling and 19,000 in drop-off recycling, with 16% of total households recycling. Cities with only drop-off recycling showed even higher recycling participation with 20% of the households in Broken Arrow and 30% of the households in Glenpool.
Curbside recycling is relatively costly, estimated to be $77,000 to $150,000 annually for City of Claremore residents. These costs can be partially offset by reduced landfill costs and other reduced costs, but a high level of participation by area residents would be necessary to justify the costs of curbside recycling. Other communities have attempted curbside recycling with limited success. After Claremore's free drop-off recycling centers are established and when the community shows a high level of interest and participation in recycling, the possibility of establishing a curbside recycling service will be re-examined.