Old Fashioned Scrap Drive to help Tri-County Recycling

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

An Old Fashioned Scrap Drive will be held in Sharp, Izard and Fulton counties the last part of October to benefit the Tri-County Recycling Center.

According to Lauren Siebert, event organizer, the event is a simple way to help generate funds for the recycling center which not only provides a service, but is required to exist by law.

“For the last several months, as I’ve been covering various council meetings and also attending some of the Tri-County Recycling Board meetings, there has been a re-occurring discussion regarding the issue of a lack of funding. The tariffs have really had an impact on the price of cardboard and plastic which seem to be the primary export of the center,” Siebert said. “But, there are ways, as a community, we can help the center and reduce our own trash at the same time.”

Siebert said the Old Fashioned Scrap drive will focus on the collection of aluminum cans, tin and scrap metal, but plastic and paper will still be collected as usual during the event.

“There are a lot of things we just throw away, when if we would just take the time to rinse out our cans and drop them off, they could be recycled instead of filling the landfill. Most people use tin cans every day when cooking, whether it’s a can of green beans or some evaporated milk, those can be rinsed out and recycled. The same goes with aluminum cans or even water bottles,” Siebert said.

The ideas is to utilize the regular recycling days in each community but to try to generate more support and participation by holding this event.

“The paper and plastic which is usually taken will still be accepted, but right now, it seems the tin, scrap and aluminum is bringing in more money and can be cashed in locally, rather than being transported or shipped to another state,” Siebert said. “In speaking with the cities of Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village, Ash Flat and Horseshoe Bend as well as Sharp County Judge Gene Moore and Fulton County Judge Jim Kendrick, we have quite a bit of participation. There were some towns I was unable to contact, but if there is recycling in those areas, I would still encourage people who live in those areas to begin taking recycling to their local collection point.”

Siebert said in speaking to members of the community, many were unaware of the types of materials accepted by the recycling center.

“A lot of people didn’t know about the tin and aluminum, but the thing is, it needs to be rinsed out. It’s the same with plastic, no one wants to deal with an old milk jug that has leftover product in it,” Siebert said. “Through this event, it has also opened the opportunity for some of the area school clubs to be involved which is always a great thing.”

Here is the list of locations, dates and times of participation for each recycling center participating: Hardy behind the Corner Booth, Friday Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Cherokee Village at Town Center, Wednesday Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Highland at the Highland Fire Department, Wednesday Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Ash Flat next to city hall, Tuesday Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Fulton County, Behind Dr. Moody’s Office in Salem, Oct. 28 – Oct. 30 and also in Viola, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 accessible 24/7 in both locations and Horseshoe Bend next to city hall, Wednesday Oct. 26 or Saturday Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.

Additional recycling center collection points include: Melbourne (regular collection location), Tuesday Oct. 29 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

“If this goes well, there is an opportunity to hold another event similar in the future. I know I wasn’t able to contact all of the recycling centers, so if I missed one and they would like to participate, they can call me at 870-373-1233 and I will add them to the event flyer,” Siebert said.

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