GAP Program Focuses on Area Recycling

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Twice each week, the Wichita Department of Environmental Programs' GAP technician, Marissa Creepingbear, hauls approximately 426.7 cubic feet of cardboard to the Fort Sill Recycling Center. This is in addition to varying amounts of plastic, aluminum cans and paper.


So why is cardboard the largest item that is recycled by the tribe?


"Every place uses it," Creepingbear said, with cardboard recycling locations that include the Wichita Community Center, Wichita Travel Plaza and the Wichita Child Development Center. Additional recycling areas include aluminum can and plastic recycling bins inside tribal buildings, paper and can recycling near the AoA Building, and a larger recycling area for plastic near the Portable Building.



 GAP Technician Marissa Creepingbear


Standing for General Assistance Program, Creepingbear started as the GAP technician on May 1, 2017.


While much of her duties have included recycling, Creepingbear will soon expand her training to include indoor air quality. Her initial training for this portion of the job is scheduled to begin in January 2018.


"We want to get more hands on as far as asthma and mold triggers," Creepingbear said about the WDEP's GAP program. "We want to get tribal members involved as far as going in and checking houses for mold and asthma."


Additional indoor air quality plans include the distribution of radon emission detectors in homes.


While getting into the routine of recycling can be difficult at first, Creepingbear said that the simplest way to start is by keeping an extra area in the home in order to separate those potential items that can be reused.


"You can set up little boxes, put a trash bag in them and try to go about saving at home," Creepingbear said. "When I go to family gatherings, I try to separate. If they're throwing away plastic, I have them throw it in a bag, and I'll take it. It's not hard to get into, but if you're not used to it, you have to try and get yourself into recycling."