Recycle It!: A Work in Progress…

Work in progressI made the first cut for my documentary this week. Kind of nerve wracking, pretty overwhelming, but very exciting too. I waited until I was pretty deep in the interviewing process because I wanted to see what ideas would end up working out and which ones wouldn’t. I also was having a problem coming up with a centralized theme, instead of just a bunch of random facts crammed together. I think the story line will revolved around Stillwater. Yes, that might seem obvious, after all it is about recycling options in Stillwater, but I don’t want it to be about just one person. Not only was it next to impossible to find someone that would dedicate that much time and effort, but no one person really takes advantage of all the opportunities Stillwater has to recycle.

There are all sorts of people that help make Stillwater more recycler friendly. People who who help from a policy level, stores that offer recycling option, stores that offer products made from recycled materials, citizens who reduce, reuse, recycle or those who do all three, citizens who care about recycling and those who don’t, those who believe in recycling because it’s the right thing to do and those who do it to save money or make money.

There are so many stories here, so I thought why just pick one? Why not use the city as inspiration and see what it has to offer?

So far I have interviewed

  • Ian Groshong- Team Leader for the Waste Management Department
  • Ilda Hersey- Sustainability Coordinator for OSU
  • Lynn Malley-  Assistant State Extension Specialist for OSU Solid Waste Management
  • Henry Wells- Owner of Cedar Creek Farms (handles recycling for the city)
  • Tracy Boyer- Agriculture Economics Professor
  • Janis Burger- Citizen
  • Amid Burke- Citizen

It might not seem like a lot, but I’ve been chuckled at and turned down quite a few times. It’s been hard for me to keep going but I like to finish what I start. Each one of these people are extremely busy and we had to work around each others schedule. Some were more eager to help than others. It takes a committed person to be in a documentary, so I’m extremely appreciative of all their help. I am still trying to set up something with the landfill, a locally owned thrift store and probably a couple of more citizens, preferably one should focus on repurposing, but I’ve been having a hard time finding someone who does that. I also need some more b-roll.

So from here, I will continue transcribing the interviews I’ve had and organizing them based on content. I’ll keep you updated!


About Kayla Kamp

Hello, my name is Kayla and I’m a multimedia journalism graduate working on first documentary about recycling in Stillwater, OK. I would like to show others how a little more compassion for people, the environment and animals would go a long way in the world. I am striving to shed light on this.
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