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Where to find recycling centers in Little Rock Arkansas?

Little Rock has curbside recycling for common household items, but there are more toxic and larger items that can still be recycled if you know who to call or where to go.  Pulaski County has many resources for recycling.

  • First, utilize the recycling truck.  It already goes in front of your house if you live in the city.  Just like a mass transit system, the city recycling makes better use of its fuel if it is used more. Every week the city picks up these items:

    Newspapers with inserts, office paper and computer paper, corrugated cardboard, paperboard material, i.e. cereal boxes (no wax lining), junk mail and magazines, Brown paper grocery bags, plastic grocery and dry cleaning bags (no food residue), aluminum and steel food and beverage cans, any color plastic containers and any color glass container. Please place paper products in paper grocery bag and into recycling container. Plastic and steel food cans are commingled in recycling bin.

    If you miss your scheduled curb side pickup, you can drop off at a Saturday pickup location:

  • Fairpark Blvd, across from the LR Zoo, Saturdays 7am – 12 noon.
  • Chenal Valley Dr. (in the cul-de-sac E. of Chenal Parkway) north of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Saturdays 7am – 12 noon
  • SW Community Center – 6401 Baseline, Saturdays – 7am to 12 noon
  • Joe’s Grocery at Col. Glenn & Lawson Saturday only – 7am to 12 noon
  • Sherwood, 107 at North Hills – Open 24/7
  • Sherwood, E. Kiehl at Lois – Open 24/7
  • Jacksonville, Staffed Recycling Drop-Off Facility is at 1300 Marshall Road, off the Main Street Exit. It is open Monday – Friday, 7 am – 4 pm.
  • North Little Rock, Kroger – 2509 McCain Blvd., Saturdays (7 am – 12 noon).
  • That’s a wide variety of items recycled and removed from the landfill each week.

    On a side note, it is actually illegal to put yard trash in your trash.  Why?  Instead of filling the landfill with such great biodegradable material, yard trash should be put out on the curb separately so a different truck will pick it up and compost it. Call 501-888-2208 to let them know.  Or you drop it off at:

    • Jacksonville Composting Center – 1300 Marshall Road
    • American Composting – 11911 Faulkner Lake Road, NLR
    • Little Rock Landfill – 10805 Ironton Road

    You can buy it back your yard trash after it has done all its smelly decomposition as Super Soil for your garden and yard.  Contact America Composting or ask your local independent dump truck driver to pick up 15 yards of it and do that front yard garden you have been talking about.

  • More toxic items can be dropped off at a County Sanitation Drop Off Location. There are other household items that are not safe to be out on the curb or handled as easily as paper and plastic is.  These can dropped off  at.  Note that businesses must deal with their own waste stream and cannot use the city services the way residences can.

    Household quantities of solvents; Common household cleaners: ammonia, bleach, disinfectants, strong cleansers – liquid and powder, degreasers, oven cleaners, spot removers, and drain cleaners; Used oil, gasoline, and antifreeze; car batteries; Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides; Fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs; Mercury-containing household items; Medical sharps containers.

    Items should be in the original container and clearly labeled. Only household quantities of common household chemicals will be accepted. Waste from businesses, ammunition or other explosives will not be accepted. Please limit quantities to five 5-gallon containers of any material. No trailers will be accepted. Paint is not accepted. Also, household, residential quantities of: Computers, Copiers, DVD players, Paper shredders, Printers, Televisions, VCRs, Cell phones, Microwave ovens.

    Pulaski County Sanitation is located behind the county jail, off Roosevelt road to Brown Street. From Brown Street, turn right at the Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department; follow the signs to the Sanitation department until you see our center. Open Thursday (7:00 am to 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) and the 2nd Saturday of the month (7:00 am to noon). Closed on Thanksgiving. Also located at 10001 Kanis Rd. in the back parking lot of the Little Rock Police Substation at the corner of Jr. Deputy and Kanis. Open Thursdays (7:00 am to 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) and the 1st Saturday of the month (7:00 am to noon). Closed on Thanksgiving.

    Some quality retail and scrap yards offer free pickup or drop off.  A national search will find places that accept goods in the mail:

  • Batteries can be recycled at any Radio Shack Retail Store.
  • Paint can be recycled at College Hunks Hauling Junk:
    Curbside Program 1-800-JUNK-USA N Little Rock, AR 72118 Must be a solid state- You may add lawn clippings and leave lid off to dry out or for quicker results you may buy WASTE PAINT HARDENER at Home Depot and add to paint to solidify.
  • Automobile tires can be recycled at Davis Rubber Company.

    You may turn in up to four passenger or light truck tires (under 19”) per day for free. There is a $4 fee for each tire over four in a day or for larger truck tires.

    1600 E. 15th Street , Little Rock Open Monday – Friday, 8am – 3:30pm 501- 374-2166

  • Automobile batteries and used oil can be dropped off at most car shops: Including Firestone Complete Auto Care Shop, Sam’s Club Auto, Walmart Tire and Lube, Advanced Auto, Home Depot, etc.
  • Transmission Fluid can be dropped off at an Advanced Auto or Tractor Supply.

  • Antifreeze can be dropped off at US Filter Services: 501) 897-5764 14420 Union Street Little Rock, AR 72206
  • Used Oil filters can be recycled at Walmart Tire and Lube, and US Filter Services.

  • Holiday lights and Compact Florescent Lights (CFL) can recycled at Home Depot and Lowe’s
  • MP3 Players, Ink Cartridges, and Cell Phones can be recycled at Target.

  • Construction Demolition can be recycled at L&W Environmental:

    Lumber Concrete, Brick, Shingles, Cardboard, Plastics, White goods.

    For more information please call 501-888-1544. The L&W site is just off I-530 at the Dixon Road exit in Pulaski County.

    Nailed non-treated and non-painted wood can be recycled as mulch at American Composting.

  • Construction waste is a HUGE concern for us at EcoHouse Construction, because we generate a lot of trash that can be recycled rather than landfilled.  We try to do our part.  If there room on a job site, I like to setup multiple dumpsters destined to different recycling centers.  Everyone is trained to spot recyclables and put them in their place.  Just having a wood recycling area encourages carpenters to reuse as much as possible since it is easy to retrieve from the bin.
  • More information can be found at Regional Recycling and Earth 911. Note: This information may change.  Please call ahead and verify all information before using energy trying to save the world.  Thank you for recycling.

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