Region could recycle much more, though material needs somewhere to go

Posted: August 27, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Jackson Taylor of Rogers helps unload cardboard from a trailer into a shredder/compactor Aug. 17 at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

Northwest Arkansas throws away thousands of tons of recyclable materials a year by putting so many bottles, cans and cardboard boxes in trash cans instead of recycling bins, local officials say.

Lou Stirek, Bella Vista Recycling Center coordinator, loads glass bottles into a pulverizer Aug. 17 at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

James Engelke of Bella Vista drops off his household recyclables Aug. 17 at the Bella Vista Recycling Center.

Dan Gage (from left), Lou Stirek and Ken Sutton, Bella Vista Recycling Center staff, unload a trailer of books and clothing to be processed Aug. 17 at...

Northwest Arkansas recycling

The region recycles at least 20,000 tons a year of plastics, paper, metal cans, cardboard and glass, based on annual data or estimates ranging from 2015 to now. For the sake of comparison and to put together a total amount of material that would likely go to a regional recycling facility, these numbers don’t include yard waste or materials like fabrics or household hazardous waste that are collected by some groups.

Location*Amount in tons (to the nearest 100)

Bella Vista*2,600

Benton County Solid Waste District*900

Bentonville*1,800

Boston Mountain Solid Waste District (Washington and Madison counties)*1,000

Fayetteville*6,100

Rogers*1,700 (Includes only drop-off center)

Springdale, Farmington, Centerton and Cave Springs (Service provided by Waste Management, which gave an aggregate number)*4,500

Siloam Springs*1,200

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville*400

Total*20,200

Source: Staff report

Acceptable recyclables

The materials you can recycle often depend on where you are and where you take them. Make sure materials are rinsed out or clean of food, which can cause the material to be thrown away or make recycling more difficult. Some groups might also take materials not listed here; check with them for drop-off locations.

LocationType of serviceAccepted materials*Contact

Bella VistaDrop-off centers, some commercial pickup serviceGlass, #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, fabrics*479-876-5343

Benton County Solid Waste DistrictDrop-offGlass, #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans*5702 Brookside Road in Bentonville, 479-795-0751, bentoncountyrecycles.org

BentonvilleResidential curbside and drop-offPlastics #1-7, paper and books, cardboard, aluminum cans*479-271-3100, bentonvillear.com

Boston Mountain Solid Waste District (Washington and Madison counties)Drop-offGlass, #1 and #2 plastics, paper and books, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans, fabrics, shoes, motor oil, batteries*479-846-3005, bostonmountain.org

FayettevilleResidential curbside and drop-offGlass, #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum and steel cans*fayetteville-ar.gov

RogersResidential curbside and drop-offGlass (drop-off location only), #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, Styrofoam (drop-off location only)*479-878-1384, rogersar.gov

Siloam SpringsResidential curbside and drop-offGlass (drop-off location only), #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans*479-524-5136, siloamsprings.com

SpringdaleResidential curbside and drop-offGlass, #1 and #2 plastics, paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin and steel cans*479-878-1384, springdalear.gov

Source: Staff report

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