Resources

Toolkits

Interested in recycling at your school, community group or business? This website can help get you started; click on your city on the “How do I recycle?” page for a rundown of your community’s programs. More detailed toolkits are coming soon. 

For in-person assistance, you can also reach out to your solid waste district (look right on desktop or below on mobile for their contact information). They oversee waste hauling in their territory and help connect people with a variety of recycling programs and resources like bins or trailers.

Businesses

Your waste hauler and companies such as Marck Recycling in Rogers may provide some form of recycling; you can contact them to learn more.

The solid waste districts provide business waste audits at no charge to give a rundown of what you throw away and suggest how you could recycle more of it. Sometimes recycling can reduce your overall waste hauling needs and lower your bills.

In the private sector, some haulers and other companies such as Food Loops in Rogers offer similar audits. Food Loops focuses on food waste pickup services but can also pick up other recyclables.

City officials

The waste districts and NWA Recycles are working together to help you handle waste hauling contracts and other municipal concerns. Reach out with questions, and check here for related resources soon.

Benton County Solid Waste District

Email clerk@bentoncountyrecycles.org
Call 479-795-0751

Boston Mountain Solid Waste District: Washington & Madison counties

Email recycle@bmswd.com
Call 479-846-3005

Fayetteville residents:

Your city also has a staff of community educators who will help you start recycling. Give them a call at 479-575-8398.

Project Foundation

The Northwest Arkansas Council made recycling one of its priorities in the 2018 Greater Northwest Arkansas Development Strategy.

That prioritization led to a study entitled Creating Circular Economies in Northwest Arkansas, which The Sustainability Consortium developed for the Council in 2020. That report describes the recycling systems that have already been built and where the region could go next.

The Sustainability Consortium’s work included a report Measuring the Economic Impact of Circular Material Flow in Northwest Arkansas from the University of Arkansas Center for Economic and Business Research. This estimates jobs, income and tax revenue resulting from more local collection and use of recyclables.

Walmart, the University of Arkansas and other local and global partners helped create The Sustainability Consortium as a nonprofit in the late 2000s. Want to learn more about its work? You can find a good rundown here.

Annual Reports

Check back on this page starting in early 2022 for annual Northwest Arkansas recycling reports that will compile data from the region’s recycling programs for the first time.