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Yukon receives recognition for beautification, environmental efforts

The city of Yukon was recognized by the Department of Environmental Quality and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 1, 2014 at 11:17 am •  Published: July 2, 2014
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The Department of Environmental Quality, in partnership with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, has recognized the city of Yukon for its efforts with projects that promote environmental quality.

Yukon holds several events and service projects throughout the year. Residents are encouraged to clean, beautify, recycle and reuse. In addition to community tire collection events, Yukon participates in many environmental service projects.

The Yukon City Council hosts a big trash day event twice annually. The storm water department promotes a rain barrel project, and sanitation services sponsors an annual school locker clean-out event. Parks and recreation annually hosts the Patriot Project and Ride Your Bike to Work Day. The department also is developing a butterfly garden at Yukon’s Freedom Trail Playground.

Tire recycling honored

The Environmental Quality Department recognizes entities that participate in at least one tire collection event annually and other environmental service projects. The department encourages entities to coordinate a communitywide cleanup of used tires.

The DEQ’s Tire Indemnity Fund will pay to haul off old, unused or abandoned tires. Tire piles can be an eyesore and attract unwelcome pests, such as mosquitoes and rodents. After cleanup is complete and all criteria for other service projects are met, a community can be recognized as an Oklahoma Clean Community.

For more information on the Used Tire Recycling Program, to go www.deq.state.ok.us/lpdnew/TireRecyclingPrg.htm or by contact Ferrella March at ferrella.march@deq.ok.gov or 702-5175.