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Recycling in Bentonville Instructors: Dr. Canoy and Dianne Phillips Written By: Amanda Burns Chelsea Burns Stephanie York
Recycling Facts • In 1999, recycling and composting activities prevented about 64 million tons of material from ending up in landfills and incinerators. • 42% of all paper, 40% of all plastic soft drink bottles, 55% of all aluminum beer and soft drink cans, 57% of all steel packaging, and 52% of all major appliances are now recycled. However, it is in the hands of each individual to make sure these items are disposed of properly. • Arkansas recycled 1. 9 million tons, or 40. 2%, of its waste in 2004. With more community participation and awareness those numbers can and will rise.
Goal: To better inform Bentonville residents of the current recycling policy and how they can contribute to the recycling effort.
Current Policy • Compost Drop-Off – Material accepted: leaves, grass, limbs, and brush. – Materials NOT accepted: tree stumps, root balls, railroad ties, sod, dirt, concert, tires, wire or twine, appliances, wood/lumber products. – Runs April-November
Current Policy • Blue bag program – Unlimited number of bags – Picked up on the 1 st and 3 rd full week of the month (twice a month) – Green, Blue, and Clear glass in only recycled when it is dropped off at the facility.
Recyclable Items • Paper – Computer and tablet paper – Brown paper bags – Envelopes • Plastics – Milk and water jugs – Soda bottles • Metals – Aluminum cans – Steel or tin cans • Other – Cardboard – Chipboard – Newspaper (including inserts)
Drop-Off Recycling • All materials need to be segregated and loose. • All materials need to be rinsed and drained. • All caps and lids should be discarded from bottles. • Cardboard containers should be broken down and flattened. • No Pyrex, catalogs, magazines, styrofoam or egg cartons.
Local Business Recycling • Businesses generate 45% of this country waste. – Managing it costs billions each year. • One of the benefits for recycling is a tax credit.
• The Benton County Solid Waste district, a local state agency, will help companies identify ways to encourage recycling and reduce waste while bringing down waste disposal costs.
• Kids Recycling Challenge – Most successful plastic bag recycling program of its kind – Extended the program to 12 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming – More than 1, 000 schools have enrolled in the program and have recycled over 350 tons of plastic bags, earning more than $327, 000 from Wal-Mart.
• Recycled Products – Each week, a semi truck comes and picks up plastic bags and other recyclables from each Wal-Mart store. – Those materials get shipped to Bentonville, AR where a mill recycles the plastic bags into patio furniture and various other items.
Simple Ideas To Recycle • At home – Buy refillable products – Buy fabric grocery bags – Buy loose fruit or vegetables instead of prepackaged
• At work – Make recycling bins close to people desks – Find computer and electronic recycling businesses in your area – “Wipe Out Wireless Waste” May 25, 2007 – Chose printers with two-sided printing
• At school – Teachers can inform students about the importance of recycling – Buy recycled items (paper, pencils, etc) – Make it a school-wide competition – Email newsletter and post information on websites instead of using paper.
• At leisure – When exercising take a reusable bottle – Borrow books, CDs, DVDs, from your local library instead of buying them – Recycle old mobile phones – Don’t through away old stuff use or another online auction site
• In the garden – Buy recycled plastic for decking and garden furniture – Keep a pile of pruning/clippings in a corner of the garden to encourage toads and hedgehogs for natural pest control
How to Get Started • • • Identify which materials can be recycled Get blue bags or recycling bin Put recycling container next to trash bins Label bin clearly Inform others
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