MOORE — For Moore resident Leslie Bonebreak recycling is just another part of life in a household that includes a husband and three boys.
The family produces a lot of trash but Bonebreak does her best to keep the volume down, recycling everything she can.
“I lived in Minneapolis for 10 years and it was part of normal life, just like taking out the trash,” she said. “I felt bad filling up two bins full of trash so I started recycling. I think we should be held accountable for what we consume and the waste it creates.”
But when Bonebreak moved to Moore from Oklahoma City she found the city had no curbside recycling program. Instead, Moore has a recycling center at 400 N Telephone Road and Bonebreak took her recyclables there before the center sustained damage during the May 20 tornado and closed temporarily.
“The first time I went there it was packed with stuff, which amazed me because I didn't think that many people in Moore recycled,” Bonebreak said. “It showed the interest is there.”
Past attempts to get curbside recycling in Moore have failed in large part because of objections to a $3 to $5 fee to a resident's trash bill each month. Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman have curbside recycling for residents.
Mayor Glenn Lewis is in favor of curbside recycling and hopes the issue will go to voters sometime before the end of the year but no timetable has been set.
“It has come up before and people didn't want to pay the fee per month,” he said. “But that has been several years ago. Our sewer fees have gone up because of the new sewage plant but it's something that I think we should revisit.”
Lewis is an enthusiastic proponent of recycling.
“After the tornado we are looking at different ways to recycle,” he said. “We've asked about a machine that can recycle plastics in a machine large enough to extrude telephone poles that don't break in high winds. I've also read about recycling plastic to make bricks by mixing glass with it and injecting it into a mold. There are a lot of possibilities and ideas out there.”
Bonebreak and fellow Moore resident Memory Taylor have created a Facebook page in support of recycling in Moore.
“For me it's the simplest way to make an impact,” Taylor said. “I'm not a hippie but eventually we're going to run out of spaces to put this stuff. There are so many ways to contribute. We could be composting but right now I would settle for some curbside recycling.”
Taylor said she believes that in a city filled with young families the concept of recycling will be more accepted even if it includes a fee.
“This is a young town,” she said. “There are a lot of families and younger people growing up here. Moore has changed and our goal is to make people aware of recycling and how easy it can be even if it costs a few dollars extra per month. It's well worth it.”