The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 14, 2012

Sorting out the service

Enid men providing curbside recycling for city, area

By Austin Prickett, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — For one year Keepin’ Enid Green has provided recycling options and convenience of participation to local residents.

The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available. The business was founded with the idea of raising awareness for and accessibility to recycling by Feeney and Josh Peters.

“We are a pretty simple business, providing another option for people to recycle,” Feeney said.

For $10 a month the company provides an 18-gallon green bin for customers to place recyclable materials. Keepin’ Enid Green empties the bin once a week.

“Customers are able to throw all their (recyclable) trash into one container,” Feeney said. “When we pick it up we will sort it all.”

The company has expanded its service area in the first year of business. Keepin’ Enid Green now serves 14 area towns as well as Enid.

“We go as far east as Covington and as far west as Fairview, and everything in between,” Feeney said.

There are 240 area residents who currently utilize Keepin’ Enid Green services.

“We have encouraged a lot of people to recycle who were never able to do it before, such as career-minded individuals or those who can’t make it to the OES drop site,” Feeney said.

The Enid collections are every Sunday, with area towns serviced during the week.

OES Material Recovery employs many residents of Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid who get paid to process the material received by Keepin’ Enid Green and turn that material over to vendors.

“This allows them a safe environment to work,” Feeney said.

Throughout the company’s first year of business, Feeney said he has only heard good things from customers.

“Once people get started it becomes an addiction,” Feeney said. “I believe in what we do ... We aren’t fancy, we just encourage recycling and have been working in recycling for a long time.”

The company collects recyclables including paper, cardboard, tin, steel and aluminum cans, different kinds of packaging and disposal cups. A full list of acceptable items is available at keepinenidgreen.com.

The company provides its services to Enid, Lahoma, Carrier, Kremlin, Hillsdale, Garber, Covington, Helena, Goltry, Aline, Cleo Springs and Fairview.