Carly Hovis (left) and Recycling Center Supervisor Laura Mansfield go through items to be recycled at the Northeast Arkansas Landfill Recycling Center. The landfill is seeking bids for a new center more than double the size of the current facility.
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BY GARY EXELBY email@example.com
The supply of recyclables is outgrowing the Northeast Arkansas Landfill’s Recycling Center.
So the Northeast Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District (NEARSWMD) is seeking bids for a new facility.
“What we are looking at is a new recycling center,” said district executive director Jason Wolfenbarger, “so we can better process the recyclable materials.”
Wolfenbarger said the new facility would be much larger, and according to the legal notice published in The Daily Press, would be 6,844 square feet (58 x 118 feet). The current facility, Wolfenbarger said, is 2,400 square feet (40 x 60 feet).
When finished, the building will have a bay that is 26 feet high, with concrete floor, eight-inch-thick concrete interior bay walls six feet high, and eight-inch-thick concrete exterior walls extending up to eight feet high. The rest of the walls are to be wood and plywood, and the entire facility is to be insulated.
Wolfenbarger said grant money from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and financial reserves the district has built up over the years will pay the entirety of the cost of the new center.
“We will not be raising tipping fees to pay for this building,” Wolfenbarger said. “And the district board is working with us on this effort.”
He added ADEQ provides a $160,000 grant each year to the district. Wolfenbarger noted, however, that he expected the cost of the new center would greatly exceed the amount of the grant.
Each city in the four-county district has a recycling box, Wolfenbarger said, with two in Paragould. “They are both over at the Department of Public Works,” he said. “One used to be out behind the tracks downtown, but people used to put garbage in them, and old mattresses and things like that.”
So now all cities in the district keep the boxes behind fences.
Generally speaking, items that can be recycled, either through curbside recycling in Paragould or by taking them to the recycling center at 1810 Greene 890 Road, include all bottles, cans, and paper/cardboard. Items to be recycled should be relatively clean, so no soiled food containers (e.g. pizza boxes, etc.) should be recycled.
Center hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.