How do I recycle?
All curbside and public drop-off programs in Benton, Washington and Madison counties take these materials:
Find out what and how to recycle near you by choosing a city below.
Keep scrolling to find tips on recycling no matter where you are.
Find out where to recycle near you.
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Keep it clean. Keep it dry. Keep it simple.
Give bottles and cans a quick rinse with water. Keep greasy and food-covered stuff in the trash. Think of it this way: With recyclables, if you’d worry that they would start to smell after a couple of days, they’re probably not clean enough.
Make sure you recycle only the items that your recycler tells you they can accept, and nothing more.
We’ll come back to that on the next tab.
The Little Things
Can and bottle labels, stray staples in office paper and the little plastic windows in junk mail are generally OK to leave in.
Don’t put recyclables in plastic bags. Keep them loose.
Many people in Northwest Arkansas and elsewhere will try to add things to their recycling bin that aren’t on their recycler’s accepted list. The recycling company probably could recycle this anyway, the thinking goes, or they should try.
This is such a common problem for recyclers that they have a name for it – wish-cycling. Here’s the truth: It doesn’t work and can wide-ranging consequences.
Recyclers need a certain volume of a given material, ways to handle and sort it and, most importantly, a manufacturer or other company ready to buy it afterward. Without any of those things, the recycler cannot accept the material, no matter how many people put it in their recycling bins.
Unacceptable stowaways will be thrown away in the trash. If there’s enough contamination, the recycler has to throw away the recyclables, too, which doesn’t help anything. And contamination that isn’t caught will spoil the good stuff, hurting its quality and making it harder to sell and reuse.
Bottom Line: Stick to what your recycler accepts.
Some items that can’t go in curbside bins can be recycled at certain places or programs. Here’s a quick guide to some of the ways you can recycle:
Benton County Solid Waste District also has electronics drop-offs in Centerton, Rogers and Siloam Springs.
Washington and Madison counties:
Boston Mountain Solid Waste District electronics drop-offs are in Springdale, Prairie Grove and Huntsville. Go here, click the “Filter by Category” menu to select Electronics for locations and hours.
They’ll use heat and pressure to condense the Styrofoam into shippable logs that can be sold to make picture frames and other products.