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April 5, 2014

Enid lags in recycling world

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ENID, Okla. —

‘We’ll see’

About half of the business at OES is confidential paper shredding. The facility also is certified for electronic media destruction. Feeney has specialized staff who are trained and vetted to work in the secured area. He has about 600 customers, which include government clients.

The facility’s future is unclear, however, after two decades in operation. Because OES has ties to NORCE, which is expected to close this year, the state could end the recycling center’s operations.

“We’ll see. This place will either close or change hands. I’m not sure which,” Feeney said. “All the recycling in town is contingent upon whether we continue.”

A DHS spokeswoman said Friday that the state and the city of Enid are in talks about the building and equipment.

“Our goal is to have a community service provider enter into an agreement with the city to complete the recycling,” Kevan Goff-Parker said.

At OES, the developmentally disabled can draw a decent wage to supplement support from the state.

“This is their primary means of income and a job, so we’re definitely hoping something like this can continue so that all those jobs aren’t lost,” Feeney said.

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