The state director of the Department of Environmental Quality presented a $30,000 check to the City of Miami on Monday.

Steve Thompson said made told council members that the trip to far northeast Oklahoma was worth the effort as he was proud to offer the state's support of the city's new recycling effort.

“It is an honor to be here,” Thompson said.

The funding will be used to further the city's recycling program - an effort recently launched through a partnership with the Modoc Tribe.

Together, the partners operate a recycling center located at 1117 Veterans Boulevard where tin cans, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs, plastic grocery bags, car batteries, rechargeable batteries, cell phones and printer cartridges can be dropped off.

The effort has drawn kudos from state and federal environmental representatives who advocate responsible reduction of materials bound for landfills.

Long-range goals include curb-side pickup, according to city administrators.

“This kind of effort is most effective when done at the local level,” Thompson said. “The City of Miami is to be commended .. this is an important event - deserving of a trip here to present you with this check.”