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Celebrate Earth Day by recycling on April 20

Sunday, April 15, 2012

On April 22nd over one billion people across the globe will be celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day (www.EarthDay.org).

In the United States it will be studied widely in our schools, and our youth will be doing things to commemorate the day. Earth Day is a time to appreciate the beauty of our planet, but it is also a time to call attention to the need to act responsibly as individuals to conserve resources and to sustain our planet for future generations.

One of the easiest and most important things we can do to support conservation is to recycle. This is especially true for parents who, by recycling at home, are setting the right example and reinforcing what children are learning at school.

In north central Arkansas, drop-off recycling is available in every county, and many towns offer local recycling services. Drop off recycling is available to everyone who wants to participate in our area.

Community recycling programs typically accept the following items: cardboard, all types of paper, newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans. Most centers accept broken or outdated electronics and some take glass bottles.

Recycling is simply a "greener", smarter way to dispose of unwanted items. Recycling conserves limited natural resources by reducing demand for drilling and mining of raw materials.

Manufacturing companies reduce energy consumption, water and air pollution when they used recycled materials in their process. Recycling saves landfill space which affects what we pay for trash disposal. Recycling supports over 1.1 million jobs in the United States (Source: U.S. EPA).

Area Recycling Guide:

The following locations are open for drop-off recycling: Ash Flat -- Ash Flat Fire Department, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Cherokee Village -- Town Center, Wednesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Hardy -- Parking lot behind Words and Afterwords, Third Friday of the Month 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Horseshoe Bend -- Commerce Street Recycling Center, Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Mammoth Spring -- City Shop Lot, 104 North 4th St.

Drop off area open seven days a week; Melbourne --

Izard County Detention Center, Tuesday 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Salem -- Old Nursing Home, Highway 9 North, Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Viola -- City Hall Parking Lot, Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tri-County Recycling Center -- Landfill Road off Hwy. 289, Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Centers accept:

Paper: newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, etc.

Plastic Bottles: beverage bottles, milk and juice jugs, catsup and like bottles. Any bottles marked with recycling numbers 1 or 2. No containers with lids (i.e. butter containers)

Aluminum and Tin Cans: household beverage and tin cans

Cardboard and Box Board: flattened cardboard boxes, pizza boxes and brown bags (cardboard not accepted at Salem and Viola).

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