Recycling rate experiencing a yo-yo effect in Arkansas
In 2010, Arkansas’s recycling rate topped 45%, which at the time was up there with the best recycling states in the country. Much of this success can be attributed to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) grant program, which offers grant money to communities across the state looking to start a recycling program.
However, the ADEQ 2013 report shows the state recycling rate dropped to 35%, a 10% decline in just three years. These numbers may be a bit misleading, though.
The same report states this yo-yo effect has been common since recycling statistics were first tracked in the State, and a big reason for the decline on paper is that fewer recycling facilities reported their annual results to the ADEQ.
Despite the yo-yo recycling effect in Arkansas, the overall recycling rate is still above the national average, so the State is certainly on the right track toward sustainability.
***The Arkansas Recycling Coalition offers more information about recycling in Arkansas.
Renewable energy is an untapped resource in Arkansas…for now
The State has yet to fully develop its wind, biomass and solar technology potential. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that 40% of the State’s gasoline requirements could be produced by clean biomass product.
The renewable energy sector is also bringing jobs to Arkansas. Wind power manufacturing is expected to bring 3,000 new jobs to the State alone.
Arkansas landfill and recycling locations
- The ADEQ maintains a database and map of the current Class 1 and 4 landfills. You can view the map here.
- For information about how to recycle e-waste (computers, VCRs, TVs, laptops, etc.), you can check out the ADEQ E-Waste Recycling page.
- Bring household hazardous wastes (HHW) – paint, oil, solvents, pesticides, batteries, etc. -- to your local HHW collection center.
- Find a recycling center near you
Report an illegal dumping site
Report illegal dumping to the Enforcement & Inspection Branch of the ADEQ. You can give them a call at 501-682-0581, or report it online.
Solid waste plan shaping the future for Arkansas
The Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan was updated in 2014 to include a few new recommendations to help control pollution, increase waste diversion rates and recycling, keep e-waste out of landfills, and keep the Arkansas landscape as beautiful as ever.
Read the 2014 Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan