Notebook: April 2016
Topics of interest to Tulsans
Wild About Tulsa planted this area — sponsored by Lot Maintenance of Oklahoma — off the Creek Turnpike near East 91st Street and South Yale Avenue.
Courtesy Wild About Tulsa
Tulsa’s streets are becoming more colorful, thanks to a group turning medians and right-of-ways into wildflower sanctuaries.
Wild About Tulsa, a joint effort of the Tulsa Beautification Foundation and the City of Tulsa, is in its second season. Nine areas have been planted; each is sponsored by an organization or company, according to Tulsa Community Foundation program officers.
In addition to beautifying traditionally neutral areas, planting wildflowers saves resources by reducing the need for city crews to mow.
To volunteer with or donate to Wild About Tulsa, visit www.tulsacf.org/whatwedo/wild-tulsa-2.
Purchase your own “Golden Driller” wildflower seed blend for $6 at Laffa, Cosmo Café and Ida Red. Proceeds benefit Wild About Tulsa.
Voices of Oklahoma
Former Gov. Frank Keating, on feeling the Oklahoma City bombing April 19, 1995.
Company helps peers reduce waste
Miller Truck Lines, a 32-year-old, Oklahoma-based company, has launched a corporate sustainability and industrial services division aimed at reducing industrial waste.
The division, Miller Environmental Transfer, fulfills extensive recycling, waste-to-energy and zero landfill initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies.
In 2015, the company transported 275 million pounds of material for recycling, waste-to-
energy and beneficial reuse. It provides services in 10 states with plans to expand extensively by the end of 2016.
“Corporations are discovering that they can reduce waste, recycle more and use remaining items to create energy to power homes and businesses,” says division President Todd Ray. “This synergy is a win-win for everyone.”
City expands disposal options
Tulsa residents can now dispose of household pollutants for free, any time of year, thanks to a new City of Tulsa facility. Previously, a semiannual collection event was held at the fairgrounds.
The household pollutant facility is the first of its kind in northeast Oklahoma, according to city officials. Disposal is available by appointment only.
Accepted for disposal:
- Fluorescent and CFL light bulbs
- Oil-based paints and paint thinner
- Flammable liquids
- Lawn chemicals
- Automotive fluids
- Cooking oil/grease
- Household and car batteries
- Household cleaners
- Pool chemicals
- Industrial or commercially generated waste
- Latex paint
- Medical or biomedical waste
- Food or organic waste
- Radioactive material
- Compressed gas
- Unknown materials or substances
City of Tulsa Household Pollutant Facility
4502 S. Galveston Ave.
Open by appointment only: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday