Recycling available to area residents

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
District landfill recycling center manager Tammy Wheaton discusses the process of sorting and baling plastic bottles for sale to recycling facilities. The landfill and recycling center are located in Paragould and serve Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph, the four counties that comprise the Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District. (Times photo/Anne Winchester)

PARAGOULD The Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District promotes and encourages recycling not only as a means of helping preserve natural resources but to alleviate the amount of solid waste dumped into its landfill.

"Every bale (of recyclables) sold is a cubic yard of landfill space saved," district executive director James Abbey said.

Recycling bins are located in each of the district's four counties Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph. The bins are at the Country Mart parking lot, Piggott; city shop, Rector; Park Elementary and Central Elementary, Corning; municipal building, Marmaduke; Paragould High School, Paragould; city shop, Pocahontas; corner of Hazel and Northwest Front, Walnut Ridge; city park, Hoxie; and Lake Charles State Park (Lawrence). An additional bin will soon be placed at the transfer station in Randolph County.

Waste tire bins are located at the county roads shops in Piggott and Corning, closed landfill in Pocahontas, county shop in Hoxie and the district landfill.

"We try to make things as convenient as possible for the people," Abbey said.

He said recycling efforts at the landfill have been expanded over the years with grants from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. He noted the district has been awarded $614,680 in grants since 1993.

Materials that are accepted for recycling are clear glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans and foil, scrap metal, #1 and #2 plastic bottles (labeled with triangle-shaped arrows), corrugated cardboard, household appliances, newsprint, home/office waste paper (such as envelopes, folders, mail, carbonless forms, etc.) and computer paper.

Unacceptable materials include colored glass, aerosol and paint cans, commercial-size appliances, cereal and waxed cardboard, magazines, catalogs, phone books, paper towels, napkins and tissues, and carbon paper.

Abbey said persons may take their yard waste to the landfill, which is ground and provided as free mulch to whomever would like to load it. He said there is a fee for accepting limbs.

"We've got several people who come out to get the mulch," he said.

As part of recycling promotion and education, the landfill will host a free dumping day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Pick-up trucks, cars, vans, and trailers will be allowed. The free day is only for residents in the district's four-county area.

Abbey said the free dumping day is in observance of Earth Day on April 22. Senator Gayloard Nelson organized the first Earth Day in the spring of 1970 after he read Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, a book discussing the dangerous effects of pesticides on the ecosystem.

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