America Recycles Week: How Do I Recycle Weird Stuff?

America Recycles Week: How Do I Recycle Weird Stuff?

America Recycles Week! Big Question: Where do I recycle weird stuff?

We’re kicking off America Recycles Week here at Ozark Natural Foods with a ton of great events. We will have recycling events and blogs about recycling almost every day this week! So stop by and check us out, bring your paper bags for recycling here in front of the store and revel in your savvy recycling glory!

One big question a lot of people have when it comes to recycling is where to recycle those random things that only come up once in a while. People are wondering about larger items or hazardous items – where does it all go? Ozark Natural Foods is here to help. Use this list to reference when you have odd items that you need to get rid of in a sustainable manner!

Hazardous Waste: The defining characteristics of hazardous materials are those that are ignitable, reactive, toxic, or corrosive. Many of your household cleaners or supplies you would find in your garage or under your sink can be classified as hazardous materials. You should never dispose of these materials in your trash, drain, sewer, or into the environment. These products are toxic for humans, plants, animals, and the environment. All of these may be taken to the Washington County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center located at 2615 Brink Drive in Fayetteville and dropped off for free. The center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 am to noon. You can call them at 444-1725 for more information. The following information regarding HHW recycling can be found on the Access Fayetteville website.

The following items are accepted at the HHW Collection Center: Automotive supplies including batteries, antifreeze, motor oil, and tires; paints, strippers, thinners, lacquers, and mineral spirits; pesticides, herbicides, yard chemicals, pool chemicals, cleaners, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers, sharps, and similar items that are generated from households. The site only accepts items generated from households.

The Washington County HHW collection center also accepts electronic equipment for recycling. Please check with them for the price of recycling per unit. Acceptable equipment includes TVs, computers, VCRs, and printers. See link to their site at bottom of this page.

Tires may also be disposed at this collection center. Residents may bring in four passenger tires for free and each additional tire includes a small fee. Tires with rims are extra. Tires larger than passenger size will incur a higher fee per tire.

Electronic Items: These may also be recycled at Washing County HHW. Many electronic items can leak mercury and other hazardous materials into the soil if disposed of in a conventional manner, so it is important to properly dispose of these items. The HHW accepts the following electronics for recycling, and the fee for accepting these items varies by item:  

·   Computers – including keyboard, mouse, CPU, monitors and speakers.
·   Computer equipment – including printers, copiers, scanners and media storage items like CD’s, DVD’s, videotapes and floppy disks.
·   TV’s, VCR’s, and Home stereos.
·   UPS’s
·   Microwaves
·   Handheld devices like PDA’s and iPods
·   Cellphones
·   They also accept batteries – household, rechargeable and automotive.

Extra or Leftover Building Materials: Many people have leftover building materials from remodeling or repair jobs around the house or at work. These materials can be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore which is located at 1421 E 15th St., Fayetteville, AR 72701. You can contact them at (479) 575-9696. They are open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., all donations are tax deductible and they accept the following items:

Appliances Fireplaces & Accessories Lawn & Garden Tools Shingles Stone/Rock
Blocks/Bricks Flooring Materials Light Fixtures Showers Tools
Cabinets Furniture Lumber/Plywood Shutters Trim
Doors Hardware Plumbing Supplies Siding Wallpaper
Fencing HVAC Units Shelving Sinks Windows

Miscellaneous Materials and Scrap Metal: These materials may be taken to Vaughn Recycling LLC, 1246 S School Street Fayetteville, AR. You can contact them at 479-443-2145. They accept many materials, and most materials they will actually pay you for bringing in. You can find a complete list of their rates for materials on their website.

They accept a wide array of materials including many sizes of copper wire (insulated and un-insulated), copper tubing, scrap aluminum, extruded aluminum, mixed aluminum, bagged aluminum cans, bailed aluminum cans, aluminum and copper radiators, aluminum wheels, automotive radiators, brass shell casings, miscellaneous scrap brass, bailed and loose cardboard, electric motors, steel, plastic bottles without lids, tin, used appliances, and even Christmas lights, compressors and used pallets!

Get paid to recycle at Vaughn Recycling center – what an awesome deal!

Here at Ozark Natural Foods we have a recycling center in our parking lot for more conventional items like paper, #1-7 plastics, cardboard and aluminum and steel cans. You can also recycle all of these items plus all colors of glass at the Fayetteville Recycling Center which is located at 1560 S Happy Hollow Road. We also accept household batteries for recycle here in the store. There is metal trashcan that is labeled with Battery Recycling which is located to the right of the exit doors in the Front End. You may also take CFL light bulbs to Ozarks Electric Cooperative for recycling, which is located at 3641 West Wedington Drive in Fayetteville, AR.

One more thing! Don’t forget to recycle your food and vegetable scraps through composting! It is a great (and free!) way to use food waste to make useful, nutrient rich soil for your own home garden. Anyone can compost, even if you live in an apartment! If you’re looking for help with composting ideas you can find a lot of good information here.

We hope this has given you all new information and inspiration to recycle all your household items! Now that you know where you can take all of those weird, odd, huge, and old things, there is no excuse for not recycling them. Good luck in all your recycling endeavors. Thanks!

- Avril, Front End


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One Response to America Recycles Week: How Do I Recycle Weird Stuff?

  1. Janet says:

    Better than recycling via Waste Management; make an earthship out of the tires:

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