Solid Waste Management
Solid waste are unwanted waste materials generated from homes, industries, agricultural operations,and commercial and community activities. Almost all human activities leaves behind some kind of waste. This waste if not properly managed will negatively affect air and water quality thus leaving behind huge health hazards to solve, which can be costly. Therefore, it is important to properly manage waste rather than trying to solve its negative impact to both humans and the environment. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service aim is to provide relevant technical support, educational materials, and trainings programs related to solid waste management for the people of Oklahoma.
In addition to this website, we have social media sites including two Facebook pages, one on Composting in Oklahoma and the other on Sustainable living through effective solid waste management. Please like and follow our social media pages to get regular updates on what going on in the state and around the country with regards to recycling, composting, reusing food and yard waste and solid waste management in general. In addition, these sites include information about grants, fun projects, and contests, as well as information you send us that would be of interest to others in the state. You may notice that all our social media sites have information particularly pertinent to Native Americans and to rural areas. Those are groups we are especially here to serve.
The website is evolving, please contact Keima Borsuah, Assistant Extension Specialist at the Agricultural Economics Department with questions, suggestions, or relevant information that you would like to see posted on our website and social media pages.
This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the utilities programs, United State Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the utility programs. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity provider and employment.
The Mission of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is to disseminate information to the people of Oklahoma and encourage the adoption of research-generated knowledge relating to agriculture, family and consumer services, 4-H youth development, and rural economic development. The educational specialist of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will provide waste management assistance by providing:
- Technical assistance
- Educational materials and programs
- Waste management analysis
- Assistance to local and county solid waste decision makers to implement waste management plans
What We Can Do
- In-service “Train the Trainer” events for OSU Cooperative Extension Service Educators
- Topics covered under this package include; reduce, reuse, recycled, composting, littering and illegal dumping. In addition, we provide assistance to rural communities with population less than 2,500.
- Oklahoma Environmental Law Enforcement Training Seminars
- Topics include gaining expertise in solid and hazardous waste, open burning, illegal dumping, environmental crimes and identifying resources for improving local enforcement. The seminars are co-sponsored with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
- Solid Waste Management Resource Trunks
- The trunk includes curriculum and activities organized by topics and grade levels for use by K-12 educators. It contains Close the Loop , an interactive display that features products made from recyclable materials. They are available for 3-weeks loans by educators for formal and informal settings.
Note - the Solid Waste Management Resource Trunk program are funded by a grant provided to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service by the U.S Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Recycling Association.