When we lived in Bella Vista, even though the city would pick up recyclables, we chose to take them once a month to the Bella Vista Recycling Center. The Bella Vista Recycling Center is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers. They gather, process and sell donated recyclable waste materials. With the proceeds of selling this waste, they have made thousands of dollars in donations as matching grants to area nonprofits. They operate as a community service of AARP Chapter 109.
I love that in Springdale, we can put all our recyclables items in one large rolling bin and not have to sort the items or take them somewhere. The only exception is glass. For some reason, Waste Management does not accept glass. So, I take all our empty glass jars to Ozark Natural Foods who does collect glass for recycling. That gives me an excuse to eat at Tacos 4 Life (love their fish tacos!!!!) AND shop at Ozark Natural Foods!
Why is it important to recycle glass? When you throw glass into a landfill, it NEVER breaks down! Unlike food, paper, or plastic waste that will break down quicker, glass will not. Glass is 100% recyclable and it can be recycled ENDLESSLY! So what can recycled glass be used to make? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of recycled glass is used to make new containers, such as bottles and jars. The Glass Packaging Institute reports that fiberglass is another common use for recycled glass. Imagine that - used bottles and jars may end up insulating your home! Recycled glass can be used in many types of materials, including match tips, tile and counter tops, and construction aggregate.
Thanks for reading my rant!!
Peace and Namaste',