Edmond gets a cleaning during Operation Clean Streets

Residents and volunteers cleaned up around Edmond during Operation Clean Streets. CDR Global employees collected 5,861 pounds of electronic waste.
by Diana Baldwin Published: April 22, 2013
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CDR Global employees collected 5,861 pounds of electronic waste from Edmond residents during the annual Operation Clean Streets event.

“That is 5,861 pounds of electronics that will be recycled properly and not hit the Oklahoma landfills,” said Michael Barton, CDR Global sales manager.

“They were busy all day long,” said Toni Weinmeister, Edmond Economic Development Authority director of marketing. “There was always a line, and they were getting them in as fast as they could.”

Tires and litter also were collected during the one-day event sponsored by Edmond Beautiful and the city of Edmond. The cleanup effort is held in conjunction with the statewide Trash-Off Day, sponsored by the Beautification Office of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Wesley Dedmon, solid waste superintendent, said city workers collected 83 tires on Saturday.

“It was down from previous years,” Dedmon said. “We hold this each year, and I think people are catching up on disposing their tires. Still, we provide a good way to dispose of them.”

An early estimate is that 329 bags of litter were collected by 172 volunteers, Dedmon said Monday.

“We are still counting,” Dedmon said. “We still have some large groups that have not called in.”

Saundra Naifeh, president of Edmond Beautiful, called the day successful.

The most unusual litter found Saturday was a set of fireplace tools, Naifeh said.

College-age volunteers for Kiwanis International came from as far as Stillwater and Austin and Amarillo, Texas.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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