July 23, 2014 Edition

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Recycling bin now
in new location

After repeated vandalism caused the Northeast Arkansas Regional Landfill to remove the recycling bin in Walnut Ridge, Mayor Don House said adjustments have been made to provide better security so that recycling will still be an option for citizens.

The Walnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department has offered the use of its lot, located next to the fire station on East Main Street, and the bin has been placed there.

"We have added some chat for the dumpster to sit on and put up two new light poles with security lights," House said. "A camera will also be installed to provide 24-hour surveillance."

House said signs will be posted to make clear what can and cannot be placed in the bins and that he hopes the additional security will make residents feel safer and prevent vandalism.

He said for many people the only time they can carry their recyclable materials to the bin is after normal working hours, so they are trying to do everything they can to keep the dumpster available in the evenings.

"We want to encourage recycling," he said. "We hope these changes will make things better and express our appreciation to those who do recycle."

A warning was also issued to those who might still consider trying to vandalize the dumpster.

"Anyone who is caught will be prosecuted!" House said.

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