The Recycling Branch does more than its name suggests. While helping
communities and others develop and sustain recycling programs will always be a
part of what we do, we know that isn’t enough. Therefore, we’re involved in a
range of waste reduction and recycling (including composting) activities, with
education playing a large part. Browse this page to learn more about what we’re
doing. If you have a question we can help you with, contact our office – (501)
firstname.lastname@example.org – or one
of our regional recycling coordinators. We look forward
to hearing from you.
Wondering how much we recycle in Arkansas? We met the
legislated goal of recycling 40% of our waste stream by 2005 a year early. We matched
that by meeting the 2010 goal (the last one the Legislature set) of 45% in 2009.
Take a look at our annual “State of
Recycling in Arkansas” reports to see our progress over the years.
Are you a city, county, solid waste authority or regional solid waste management
district official looking for information about grants to start or improve a recycling
program? The Recycling Branch administers the Solid Waste Management
and Recycling Grants Program which provides more than $3 million for public
recycling, composting and other waste reduction programs each year.
Want to know where to take recyclables in your community? The
Arkansas Recycling Markets Directory
may point you in the right direction. Because we rely on information provided to
us by these businesses and government agencies, we suggest you call for the most
up-to-date information before you visit.
Have some leftover household chemicals
(pesticides, cleaners, solvents, etc.) you no longer need? Before you put them in
the trash, check to see if there is a Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Center near you.
What about old computers and other electronic
equipment? The State Legislature gave the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission
the authority to ban computer and electronic equipment from disposal in Arkansas landfills
effective January 1, 2010. At present, the Commission has not implemented this ban (although
some landfills have implemented their own bans.) However, the ADEQ is currently working with
regional solid waste management districts, private companies, non-profit entities and others
to build the infrastructure needed to reuse or recycle these materials. See
alternatives to the landfill for old
electronics for more information.
Are you looking for funding to help develop or improve an electronics recycling
program? You may be eligible for a Computer and Electronic Recycling Grant. Regional
Solid Waste Management Districts may also be eligible for transportation cost reimbursement
through the E-Waste Eminent Need (E-WEN) Grant Program. Read more about these
E-Waste Grants Programs
to learn how they can help.
Ever wondered how many recyclable items are thrown in the trash? If you are a
business, industry, institution, school or community leader, contact us to do a
waste sort to determine the type and amount of recyclables
in your waste stream. The results may open your eyes to new opportunities and help
your bottom line.
Want to learn more about waste reduction and recycling?
Take part in one of our educational programs or have
one custom-designed for your classroom, business, organization, or community. Maybe
you’d rather read one of our publications to find
the information you need. Also check out our
recycling information and education
links to coalitions, associations, and government agencies.
Did you know that November 15 is America Recycles
Day? While we hope you recycle every day, use some of the information and activities
provided to commemorate this national awareness day.