Recycle Me, Recycle Me Not

When you are organizing your abode, you will eventually get to the kitchen. If you are a tree hugging, earth-lovin’, save the planet hippie (like me), then you recycle. And I applaud you.

The problem some people have is that they don’t know what they can recycle, when they can recycle, and where they can recycle. Since Organize This AR is located in Northwest Arkansas (Hallelujah!), the focus of the recycling research was in the four major cities that make up this area: Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville.

Using the information from each city’s website, I determined who had the best recycling program for you. This was based on locations, hours of service, and what you could recycle and of course, my own opinion.

BEST

Fayetteville –

Fayetteville has a bin program, so if you live in a 1-4 family residence (basically anything that’s not an apartment) you get a bin to put your recyclables in and you set it by the curb once a week for pick up.  Yay!  But what if you live in an apartment, condo, or dormitory?  Well that’s okay, they have two locations for dropping off recyclable materials! Double Yay!  One site, located on North Street, is open Monday through Saturday 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. The other facility, while not necessarily in a convenient location on Happy Hollow Road in South Fayetteville, is open 24-hours. All the normal recyclable items are accepted: Plastics #1 and 2, newspaper, cardboard, office paper and junk mail, aluminum and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars. 3 ☆ http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/531/Recycling-Trash-Service

Rogers –

Rogers also has curbside recycling, in addition to one location that you can drop off your recyclable materials.  The drop off center is a little out of the way on N Arkansas St but it is open 24-hours a day for normal recyclable items.  The facility also has regular hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am to noon.  You can use these hours if you have questions or need help.  Rogers accepts the following items: plastics #1 and 2, newspaper, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, phone books, office paper and junk mail, chipboard, aluminum and tin cans, styrofoam, and glass bottles and jars.  2 1/2 ☆ http://rogersar.gov/401/Rogers-Recycling-Center

Bentonville –

Three for three! Bentonville also has curbside recycling. In fact, the city gives you two carts!  If you need to take your recycling, there is a trailer on site at the city’s Compost Facility.  The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Bentonville’s recycle list is a little more extensive than the other cities: aluminum cans, trays, and foil, plastics # 1 and 2, newspaper, cardboard, brown paper bags, magazines, catalogs, phone books, office paper and junk mail, chipboard, paperback books, and electronics.   2 1/2 ☆ http://www.bentonvillear.com/departments/utility-billing-collections/solid-waste-recycling/recycling-program

WORST

Springdale –

What is this city thinking?!?  The recycling is out sourced to Boston Mountain Solid Waste, which has multiple drop off places but only on Monday and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. What!?  They accept most of the normal recyclables: plastics # 1 and 2, newspaper, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, phone books, office paper and junk mail, chipboard, and aluminum and tin cans. This does depend on what drop off spot you go to – check their map first.  No ☆  http://www.springdalear.gov/department/public_works_(street_department)/household_hazardous_waste_disposal.php

That’s it folks! Let’s save the planet and hope that some of our cities catch up. ♻️

 

 

 

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