Recycling has become a big business in our area and many communities are participating.
There are seven communities, including Mammoth Spring, involved in the Tri-County Recycling area.
Besides Mammoth Spring, they include Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy, Horseshoe Bend, Salem and Viola.
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said her community has been involved in the program for several years.
"Mammoth Spring residents can take their recyclables to the city shop lot, at 180 North Fourth Street, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m," she said.
"It is helpful if a person or family has in their home separate containers for plastic bottles, aluminum cans, tin cans and paper. Each item must be sorted and placed in separate bins at the drop-off center. A home collection center can be as simple as a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag," she said.
The following items can be recycled:
Paper -- Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, junk mail, office and school papers. There can be no construction paper or dark paper, no contaminates such as glue or gum and all paper must be kept dry.
Plastic Bottles -- Look for the triangle with a 1 or 2 on the bottom of the bottle. Plastic bottles that can be recycled include clear and colored beverage bottles, milk and juice bottles, catsup and mayonnaise bottles, laundry, dish, and cleaning bottles, lotion and shampoo bottles and plastic coffee containers.
All lids need to be removed from these bottles. They need to be rinsed clean and the lid does not have to be replaced. No butter or whipped topping lids or containers, it must have a neck on it to be a bottle. No auto fluid, pesticide or herbicide bottles.
Aluminum and Tin Cans -- This includes household beverage and food cans. The cans must be emptied and rinsed clean. Can labels do not have to be removed.
No gas cans, wet paint cans or aerosol cans will be accepted.
Cardboard and Box Board -- The boxes need to be flattened. Boxes accepted include pizza, cereal, dry food and shoe boxes. Cardboard can be taken either wet or dry. No waxed, frozen food or beverage cartons can be accepted.
"Much of what we throw away can be used or recycled," the mayor said.
Pace gave some reasons why recycling is so important.
* Recycling saves limited resources.
* Recycling saves energy in manufacturing.
* Recycling reduces air and water pollution.
* Recycling helps keep garbage costs down.
* Recycling creates jobs.
All recycling pick-ups are taken to the Tri-County Recycling Center, at 500 Landfill Road, just off Highway 289 in Cherokee Village. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.