March 25, 2015 Edition

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Recycling bins accept
a variety of materials

In efforts to reinvigorate the recycling program in the area, John Householder, chair of the Walnut Ridge Recycling Committee, and Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker have both taken time to promote the recycling bins located in both communities.

Householder wrote an open letter following the committees first meeting about the importance of recycling. "The overall, more encompassing scope of the Recycle Committee is to encourage residents to recycle or dispose of waste properly in a manner that is not only good for the environment, but city and community beautification and revitalization."

Tinker has also stressed the importance of recycling to Hoxie citizens in his most recent Mayor's Report. He included several facts about recycling, including specific information about aluminum, plastic and paper.

Recycling bins are located next to the Walnut Ridge Fire Department at 218 East Main and at the north edge of the Hoxie Park on Cotter Street.

All recycling is done through the NEA Regional Recycling Center in Paragould. The center empties the contents at least once a week but can be called to pick up using the number listed on the bin, if full.

Accepted materials include: glass, aluminum, scrap metal, plastic bottles, plastic bags, appliances, newsprint, paper, books and magazines. Residents are asked to separate materials when possible. Bagged items must be in a clear, white, yellow, gray or blue bags. Black bags will not be accepted.

Plastic labeled #1 and #2 are accepted. Rinsing is required on glass, plastic and aluminum as organic material can ruin recyclables and lids should be removed.

Oil, including cooking, motor, certain types of automotive fluid and diesel fuel, can be recycled if contained and free of water, antifreeze, leaves and other debris.

Electronic waste is also accepted. Electronic waste is described as anything that contains a circuit board or uses batteries. Items too big to fit into the bin can be brought to the recycling center at 1810 Greene County Road 890.

Wet, dirty or otherwise contaminated items cannot be recycled. Paint cans, bulbs, mirrors, Styrofoam, wood or anything with organic contaminates cannot be recycled and should not be placed in the bins.

A complete list of recyclable materials and other information can be found at both Hoxie and Walnut Ridge city halls. Questions regarding recycling can be made by calling the NEA Recycling Center at 870-239-5572.

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