Texarkana, Arkansas Recycling

Texarkana, Arkansas Recycling The official page for recycling programs in the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, along with some health, gardening and craft tips sprinkled in! This is the page for everything recycling in Texarkana, Arkansas!
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Whether you want to learn about Green Texarkana, find the recycling trailer, give us input or just see what's coming next, we're glad you're here!

Mission: The mission of this program is to make a positive impact on the environment and reduce waste through education and responsible recycling options.

Operating as usual

08/06/2019

The City of Texarkana, Arkansas will continue it’s second
Saturday recycling efforts at the City Shop, located at 2601
Dudley Street. The event will take place Saturday, August 10th
from 8:00 am Until 1:00 pm. You should separate your
items before arriving at the center. Items accepted are - Paper,
Cardboard, Aluminum Cans, Metal Cans, Clear Plastic Drink
Bottles, and Milk Jugs…..Bottles and Milk Jugs should be rinsed
And emptied…..NO OTHER ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Please do Your part to make Texarkana CLEAN AND GREEN…..
Again…The event will be held the second Saturday of each
Month at the city shop.

06/06/2019

The Green Texarkana Recycling Event is moving to the City Shop at 2601 Dudley Street beginning Saturday, June 8th. The event will be held the second Saturday of each month. Items should be separated and ready to place in blue bins upon arrival. The event will take place from 8 am until 1 pm....

ITEMS ACCEPTED:

Clear Plastic Drink Bottles - rinsed and emptied

Milk Jugs - rinsed and emptied

Paper

Cardboard

Metal Cans

Aluminum Drink Cans

NO other items will be accepted. Thanks for helping make Texarkana clean and green!

This event has been CANCELLED due to the storms expected tomorrow. It Will be rescheduled in the future. Stay tuned for ...
04/10/2019

This event has been CANCELLED due to the storms expected tomorrow. It Will be rescheduled in the future. Stay tuned for more details!

Come join this great cleanup effort this Saturday!

03/09/2018

We regret to announce that the Texarkana Recycling Center will be closing effective Friday, March 16. This is largely in part to staffing changes and a hiring freeze that made it impossible to operate as we have been. However, Green Texarkana will continue, and we encourage you to take your materials there! Green Texarkana accepts paper, cardboard and household plastics on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month, from 8:00 to 1:00 at E. 3rd and Hazel. We thank all of you for making recycling the success it has been in Texarkana, Arkansas.

College Hill Elementary
03/08/2018

College Hill Elementary

Tadpole update! Kindergarten students are recording the growth and activity of our froggy friends when they come to the library for research. This week they used magnifying glasses to get a better look at their tummies! Students noticed that their skin was still translucent, so they were able to glimpse the tadpoles’ digestive system.

Legos Will Be Made of 100% Plant-Based Plastic by 2030
03/07/2018
Legos Will Be Made of 100% Plant-Based Plastic by 2030

Legos Will Be Made of 100% Plant-Based Plastic by 2030

Lego company pledges to phase out fossil-fuel-based plastics and make all blocks from sugarcane by 2030 Danish toy maker Lego announced last week that all its core products and packaging will soon be made from “bio”plastic. Plant-based Lego leaves, trees and bushes are already in production and ...

Politics, of course. :(
03/07/2018
Northwest Arkansas Recycling

Politics, of course. :(

Uncool! Why must we stay in the dark ages??! It's time to move on to renewables! How about protect all pocketbooks, you crooks!

Union Pacific Railroad
03/07/2018

Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific employees in Stockton, California, made an unexpected discovery on Valentine’s Day. A Golden Eagle became trapped in locomotive No. 7426’s plow somewhere between Nebraska and California – and survived.

The employees called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Game Wardens Brad Mello and Justin Cisneros came to the Stockton Yard to help. The team carefully dismantled the locomotive’s plow, piece by piece. When the last piece was removed, the eagle fell into a blanket. The warden quickly placed it inside an empty dog crate for safe transport.

Union Pacific employees cut foliage from nearby trees, ensuring the eagle was comfortable as possible. The bird was treated at Tri County Wildlife Care in Jackson, California, for minimal injuries and released back into the wild this morning.

Arkansas Forestry Division
03/05/2018

Arkansas Forestry Division

For #NationalInvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek, learn more about a common Arkansas pest - the Bradford Pear tree. Also known as "Callery pear" this a deciduous tree that reaches
60 feet in height. It produces abundant white flowers before it leafs out, and these flowers are pungent and foul smelling. To manage, trees should be cut and stumps immediately treated with herbicides to eliminate sprouting response. Learn more: https://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=10957

03/05/2018
WIS TV

Love, love, love!

"They're just friends, you know. They just know love and they know kindness. That's the great thing about this."

SWEETEST STORY: Tuesdays on this Mississippi street are a big deal for this 3-year-old as he knows he's got a smelly, important job to do. >> https://buff.ly/2F0nDWr

Texarkana Arkansas School District
03/02/2018

Texarkana Arkansas School District

Drum roll, please. The results for the Recycle-Bowl 2017 are in! Over 1,000 schools participated this year, representing 550,000 students and teachers who recycled 2 million pounds of paper and other materials. The Trice Horticulture Environment Awareness Team (HEAT) led their campus to victory by winning in the School Division category for the state of Arkansas. HEAT is made up of third and fourth grade students who come together with a common goal of making the environment a better place. In addition to recycling materials, the team maintains the school garden and large flowerbeds.
“The National Recycle Bowl competition required a lot of work for these young environmentalists,” stated Ms. Newton, team sponsor. Recycling is one of the easiest and most effective actions anyone can do to protect natural resources, conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs. “Congratulations to the students and staff of Trice for making a difference and earning the title of School Division State Winners.

Yep, yep, yep, throw them away!
03/01/2018
Department of Sanitation Conway, Arkansas

Yep, yep, yep, throw them away!

One of the biggest hazards found in recycling carts are needles! These injure our employees and cause alarming medical concerns! Needles are NEVER recyclable. Place needles in a sharps disposal container or alternative (like a heavy-duty, leak-resistant, lidded plastic household container, such as a laundry detergent bottle).

See U.S. Food and Drug Administration container guidelines at http://bit.ly/2olmeyE.

02/27/2018

*****Can we separate your materials? Not anymore.*****

A customer asked this morning, isn’t it a good thing that the Recycling Center is so busy I can’t see straight? And in a very honest moment, I told her no. Because it is not busy in a positive way. We are majorly overloaded with the wrong kind of material. We no longer have the space or staff to hold recyclers’ hands like we once did.

Gone are the days of us separating what recyclers can’t be bothered to sort. We struggle to stay on top of the materials brought in and placed properly. We don’t have machines that separate items here, it must be done by hand. If items are missed it contaminates the entire load. The recycling market is brutal right now. Regulations are tightening. Contamination will not be tolerated. So know this, if you drop your recycling off without separating it there is a very good chance it will be thrown away. We just do not have the manpower to separate it for you.

These mixed loads are often filled with trash. We throw away tons (literally, tons) of waste and debris. Our contamination rates increase daily. We pass that disposal fee on to Texarkana residents.

I know many of the “problem” customers. Usually I can open a bag and tell you who it is because this is the person who mixes their plastic film with their hard plastic. Film cannot go into the hard plastic baler, hard plastic cannot go into the film baler. That bag is now thrown away.

I recognize the hallmark of the person who brings all of their recycling, perfectly separated and organized into individual bags, and then piles them all on the floor instead of placing them in the bins where they go.

I know which folks bring drink bottles in a plastic bag with all their labels peeled off, so when I try to dump the bag instead of the bottles flowing out easily they stick to the inside of the bag and I have to pull them out one by one by one by one by one.

I know these people, I know these challenges and I love them anyway. They are all well-intended or I would not see this material at the recycling center. But even well-intended, it kills the process. It is sadly not uncommon at all for individuals to drop off a dozen large trash bags, full of mixed materials. At a single-stream recycling facility that’s the way to do it. Not here. Without the resources to properly handle that, to us it’s trash.

So please take note and understand, we cannot and will not separate your materials. If it comes in as a mixed load it goes out as mixed garbage. It wastes your time, ours, and all that material that could have been recycled. Please #RecycleRight.

This is a very real threat. I believe many facilities are waiting for the first quarter or maybe 6 months to see the ful...
02/21/2018
Department of Sanitation Conway, Arkansas

This is a very real threat. I believe many facilities are waiting for the first quarter or maybe 6 months to see the full effect. I think by the end of the year this will change the entire landscape of recycling.

With stockpiles of plastics growing taller and taller, China’s ban on importing recovered materials is changing the recycling industry. Here's a breakdown of what has and is happening in our national markets.

EAST at CHMS
02/15/2018

EAST at CHMS

Keeping’ it clean on our campus!

Here we go.
02/14/2018
Department of Sanitation Conway, Arkansas

Here we go.

"With China refusing to accept most forms of mixed paper and plastic scrap, stockpiles of the material appear to be building up in parts of the United States." The recycling market is changing. The UK and Canada have already limited their accepted recyclables. Towns across the US are now needing to do the same.

We have really given this some thought here! What do you think of this idea?
02/13/2018
Turkish Garbage Collectors Open Library Full of Discarded Books - For Reading Addicts

We have really given this some thought here! What do you think of this idea?

Turkish garbage collectors in the country’s capital city of Ankara have opened a public library that is full of books that were originally destined to be put into landfill. The workers began collecting discarded books and opened the new library in the Çankaya district of Ankara. News of the libra...

02/08/2018
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Look how fast they change color!

Here’s your daily squee! Our octopus laid eggs and we had several hatch!

While we are cautiously optimistic, it is common for octopuses to lay over one hundred eggs in its clutch to ensure at least one makes it to adulthood. Thankfully, these little critters are going to receive the best possible chance from our incredible animal care team.

02/07/2018
BrightVibes

BrightVibes

Feeling powerless about plastic pollution, right? Wrong! Here are 10 bits of plastic you can quit today.

Can we count you in? Comment #YES and share your tips

Learn more bit.ly/QUITplastic

Saturday is our usual Green Texarkana date, but we'll be skipping this month because of all the Mardi Gras festivities d...
02/07/2018

Saturday is our usual Green Texarkana date, but we'll be skipping this month because of all the Mardi Gras festivities downtown. Please go watch the parade and enjoy a day with your family. For recycling come see us at the Recycling Center or stand by for the second Saturday of March. Thank you!

We got a request to clarify the labels on our two scrap metal bins, so here you go: Aluminum Drink Cans: aluminum drink ...
02/06/2018

We got a request to clarify the labels on our two scrap metal bins, so here you go:

Aluminum Drink Cans: aluminum drink cans ONLY. Coke cans, beer cans.

Other Small Metal: a catch-all bin. It's known as baling scrap, and it is just a hodgepodge of everything. Our only request is that the metal scraps not be oversized (small enough to fit in the cart) and nothing sharp or pokey like razor blades, nails or coat hangers. It's a danger to workers and makes it nearly impossible to contain and transport.

The general scrap metal cart is where your metal kitchen cans go (and leave the labels, they are fine), plus your pet food cans. Yes, we know some pet food cans are aluminum. But they are coated with different alloys meaning they are not the purity of a drink can. Therefore, they are baling scrap. #RecycleRight

The City of Texarkana, Texas
02/06/2018

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Texarkana! We hope you're coming downtown for Mardi Gras Texarkana 2018 this weekend. We ALSO hope you'll pick up after yourselves, and find the nearest trash receptacle to dispose of your waste. Every event downtown leads to us picking up after our residents, which means taking crews off other important tasks to reassign. Please help us keep Texarkana clean!

5NEWS
01/26/2018
5NEWS

5NEWS

Arkansas' largest utility solar power plant officially went online in Clarksville Wednesday (Jan. 24).

DeGray Lake Resort State Park
01/24/2018

DeGray Lake Resort State Park

Have you ever wanted to meet a bird of prey in person? Eagles Et Cetera your chance! The Little Rock Zoo will be bringing a full array of birds including hawks, falcons, vultures, and a bald eagle. Visit our event page, Eagles Et Cetera, for more information!

We love the stories from Humans of New York. This one really caught our interest! #Hope
01/09/2018

We love the stories from Humans of New York. This one really caught our interest! #Hope

“I have a big book about tiger conservation, and I always knew that the ocean was in trouble. But I didn’t really become an environmentalist until I got to grade one. That’s when I thought of many interesting ways to help. Some things you can do are reduce waste, carpool more often, spread awareness, plant trees, not cut trees, cut carbon emissions, and reduce nuclear disposal. I’m too young to start nuclear disposal because it’s dangerous and I don’t have the proper gloves. But I do recycle and keep plants on my balcony.”

(Mumbai, India)

This is what we’ve been talking about, folks. It’s getting real.
01/02/2018
Container Recycling Institute

This is what we’ve been talking about, folks. It’s getting real.

“This is not a little disruption,” says Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, a research organization based in Southern California. “This is a big disruption to a bigger industry than most people would think it is, because it’s sort of an invisible process. You put your stuff out at the curb, and it goes away — nobody thinks about it as being a multibillion industry in this country.”

The Recycling Center is closed until Tuesday, Jan. 2. Why not start your new year with something different?
12/29/2017
TXK Today

The Recycling Center is closed until Tuesday, Jan. 2. Why not start your new year with something different?

Millwood State Park will host the annual First Day Hike event on Monday, January 1, beginning at 1:00 PM

The event will feature a 1 ½- mile guided hike along Waterfowl Way trail, led by a member of the park staff. This event is free to the public, and everyone is invited.

12/15/2017

We would like to say a sincere thank you to the May Dale Garden Club for its recent donation to our recycling program. We are touched by your generosity and so grateful that you support recycling!

12/13/2017
THV11

THV11

WANTED-- This little guy REALLY likes Christmas. 150 bulbs and counting!

12/12/2017
ATTN:

ATTN:

There are tiny pieces of plastic in the seafood you're eating. -- Zooey Deschanel , h/t The Farm Project.

THV11
12/08/2017
THV11

THV11

"The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems," photographer Paul Nicklen wrote in the post

This is everything that is wrong with recycling in our community. Items not placed in the proper bins, items dropped off...
12/08/2017

This is everything that is wrong with recycling in our community. Items not placed in the proper bins, items dropped off that we can’t take (which means we throw them away, which means you, the taxpayer, fund that disposal).

Paper in the cardboard bin, cardboard in the paper bin, plastic in the film bin, film in the plastic bin, pet food cans in the bin for aluminum drink cans, Styrofoam dropped off, a swimming pool, cat food, old Christmas lights and some old socks. This was just yesterday. It’s disappointing that even with bins clearly labeled we have to police so heavily. The amount of garbage we throw away is staggering--some days we throw away more than we take in that can be recycled.

It’s getting worse. More and more people are using the recycling center as a landfill. If they don’t want it they drop it off here. We can’t catch everyone. Green Texarkana is the same way. Please know abuse of programs like this is what eventually shuts them down. Many recycling centers are closing. We are facing much stricter recycling regulations in 2018. The way we recycle HAS TO CHANGE.

When in doubt, throw it out. The items we accept are clearly labeled on the bins on the recycling floor—cardboard, paper, household plastic (bottles, jugs), plastic film (grocery bags), aluminum drinks cans and small scrap metal (steel cans, pet food cans, cookie tins). This is all. If your item does not fall into one of these categories, it goes in the trash. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ELECTRONICS.

Please #RecycleRight. This is not a “dump.” This is not an easy disposal option.

Address

2601 Dudley St
Texarkana, AR
71854

General information

Texarkana, Arkansas, currently offers voluntary recycling opportunities through mobile collection and a monthly drop site.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 07:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 07:00 - 15:30
Thursday 07:00 - 15:30
Friday 07:00 - 15:30

Telephone

(870) 779-4946

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