LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock residents can now begin placing those shiny new recycling bins at the curb.
The Waste Management District has been handing out 64-gallon bins to 90,000 households over the past weeks. Before, you had to separate your recyclables in smaller bins.
Items to recycle: Mixed paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, soft cover books, newspaper (includes all inserts), non-foil gift wrap, greeting cards, shredded paper (in clear tied off bags), plastic bottles and containers, mixed rigid plastics, empty aerosol cans, household metals, aspetic drink boxes, gable top containers, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, chip board, empty glass containers, aluminum foil and pie tins, aluminum food and beverage containers, tin-coated steel food and beverage containers.
Items not allowed are plastic bags, wire or plastic hangers, plastic toys, styrofoam, trash, window panes, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics and food.
The new program will offer residents a recycle bank. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says residents earn points on how the amount they recycle. Points are then redeemed for gift cards with companies like Coke, Clorox and Johnson and Johnson.
Recyclables will be picked up every other week
on the same day as your trash pickup. A calendar with the exact dates of pick up have been mailed out.
Melinda Glasgowe, recycling coordinator with the City of Little Rock, asks everyone to make sure that they place their recycling bin and their garbage bin three feet apart. Also they request you rinse out containers that had liquid in them (milk jugs, pop cans, etc.)
Residents in Sherwood and North Little Rock will be paying additional fees of $2.76 a month. Little Rock residents will pay $2.07.
The city of Little Rock is absorbing the additional fees in its budget. Currently, this program is just for single-family homes and will be later expanded to businesses, schools, and multi-family homes.
The recycling program begins for residents in North Little Rock and Sherwood next Monday, April 9th.