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  “Beyond the benefit recycling brings to the environment,” explained Greg Crawford, Director of Vocational Services, “the programs at Hope Industries and Rogers County Training Center, provide meaningful work for our clients and a significant revenue source for our programs.  As the recycling industry evolves and grows, we plan to grow right along with it.” Recycling cardboard is a large part of the program with cardboard balers located at Hope Industries in Vinita and the Rogers County Training Center in Claremore.  Last year about 462 tons of cardboard was processed between the two facilities, enough to save more than 7850 trees. Rogers County Training Center partners with the City of Claremore and the Metropolitan Environmental Trust to operate Claremore’s free drop-off recycling center at 810 West Ramm Road.  The recycling center takes a large number of items including newspapers, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, and phone books.  Aluminum cans, glass bottles, batteries, and used cooking and motor oil are collected there as well.  The drop-off location recently added e-waste such as computers, televisions and phones.  There are fees associated with the collection of some e-waste to assist with the cost of safe disposal, so please check metrecycle.com to determine details.  The hours of the recycling center are Monday through Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm and Sundays 12 noon to 5 pm. “Our partnership in Claremore is a great model for other communities,” continued Crawford.  “We would be glad to speak to other communities in the area about similar partnerships and free drop-off recycling centers
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