Recycling is a process through which waste materials can be manufactured into reusable forms. Recycling saves energy and reduces pollution by reducing the need for virgin resources. The purchase of recycled products is the final step in the recycling process.
Benton County citizens have many opportunities to recycle!
CURBSIDE PICKUP PROGRAMS
PLEASE NOTE - COVID-19 MAY AFFECT YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLING. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR WASTE HAULER FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION.
Many cities and municipalities in Benton County have curbside recycling pickup available. Contact your municipal waste hauler or your city administration office for information about the curbside program in your area, if applicable.
DROP-OFF COLLECTION CENTERS
There are many recycling drop-off locations in Benton County for normal household-generated recyclable materials such as bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard. Typically these facilities allow access to bins for drop-off of household recyclables at no charge. Most are available 24 hours per day. Click here to download a pdf of drop off locations.
LEARN WHICH MATERIALS CAN BE RECYCLED by your drop off location! Each drop off facility will have bins labeled with the items which they can recycle. IF THERE IS NOT A BIN LABELED FOR YOUR ITEM, DO NOT LEAVE IT - IT WILL NOT BE RECYCLED! Leaving materials the center cannot recycle increases costs as the centers must then dispose of your non-recyclable waste items as contaminates from recyclables.
DO NOT DROP OFF MIXED MATERIAL IN BAGS. You are required to sort your own material into the labeled bins. The value of your material in bags is too low to cover the costs to the center to sort this material. Often bags of mixed materials must be disposed of as trash.
DO NOT PLACE MATERIAL ON THE GROUND IF BINS ARE FULL. Leaving material on the ground is illegal dumping and can be prosecuted. If bins are full, take your material back with you and return at a later time. All drop off locations are serviced several times each week. For information on the when bins are emptied, call the drop off location directly.
Common recycling errors include:
Placing clear plastic fruit and salad containers (which have a #1 in the recycling symbol) into the bins labeled for #1 Bottles and Jugs - the containers CANNOT be recycled with #1 bottles and jugs. Containers cannot be recycled with bottles and jugs.
Placing plastic tubs (sour cream, yogurt, etc.) into bins labeled for #2 Bottles and Jugs. Tubs cannot be recycled with bottles and jugs.
SCHOOL and NON-PROFIT RECYCLING COLLECTION
Benton County schools and non-profit agencies may be able to save money by beginning a recycling program. The District will provide technical assistance to help figure out the types of materials that could be recycled, collection methods, brokers for the material, etc.
BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL and INDUSTRIAL RECYCLING
Businesses and industrial facilities can often save money by implementing recycling programs. The District will provide technical assistance to help figure out the types of materials that could be recycled, collection methods, brokers for the material, etc.
SECURE DOCUMENT SHREDDING
Bella Vista Recycling Center provides shredding of personal papers several days a week at no charge. Donation gratefully accepted! For more information: (479) 876-5343 or http://www.bellavistarecycling.org/aboutus.html
AIM Records provides shredding for a fee Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm. For more information: (479) 751-8120 or www.aimrecords.com/shredding.aspx