Spring cleaning season is here and county residents are welcomed to drop off electronic waste at the Conway Department of Sanitation's landfill.
Conway residents are welcomed to a more inclusive clean-up initiative. However, all county residents are welcomed to use the landfill to drop off electronic waste at a discounted rate from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21. Conway residents will be able to participate in the cleanup for free.
This electronic cleanup covers "anything that is computerized," Recycling Coordinator Whitney Reuschling said Thursday. "We want people to know it's tablets, phones, anything that's an electronic, computerized item that we're accepting."
Common items such as washers and dryers, freezers, ceiling fans, air conditioning units, refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, mattresses, ovens and other household trash will be accepted during the clean-up drive.
"If you're cleaning out your garage, the 20th and 21st would be the best day to do it," Reuschling said.
Reuschling said she wanted to remind city and county residents that there are also several items the landfill cannot accept including tires, yard waste, car batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, construction debris, paint or liquids of any kind and hazardous waste of any kind.
To take part in the free citywide clean-up initiative, Conway residents must bring their ID and a Conway Corporation bill. Reuschling said residents can show proof of paying a Conway Corp bill via the Conway Corp app. County residents can take part in the electronic waste cleanup by providing their ID for a discounted rate of $30 (plus tax) per ton.
The City of Greenbrier is also sponsoring a week-long cleanup April 9-13.
According to the city's website, residents are welcomed to take part in the cleanup from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Residents who live within Greenbrier city limits are welcomed to drop items off at the sanitation department, located at 40 Mountain Drive. To take part in the cleanup, residents must provide a photo ID along with their current water bill. Tires, batteries, paint, Freon and other construction materials will not be accepted.
Residents who live outside the city limits can still take part in the clean-up event by bringing their ID, current water bill and by purchasing a $20 permit at city hall.
Along with spring clean-up initiatives, the statewide Arkansas Recycling Coalition's (ARC) Spring 2018 Recycling and Sustainability Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Virco Manufacturing, located at 1701 Sturgis Rd. in Conway.
Registration scholarships will be available for students and teachers "while they last" and lunch will be provided at noon, according to an Arkansas Recycling Coalition (ARC) news release.
The program will offer networking opportunities with local and regional professionals while highlighting:
The current markets and trends for recyclables.
The importance of quality recyclables.
An update on city recycling programs.
Insight into a plastics and paper mill.
Highlights on school and new litter programs in the area.
Several presenters are scheduled to speak Thursday including the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality's marketing board, Green Bay Packaging, Delta Plastics, Vilonia School District representatives, Keep Arkansas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful representatives along with representatives from the City of Conway Sanitation and Recycling Department.
"This is a great opportunity for individuals, professionals, government agencies, businesses and schools to receive updates, network, obtain cost reduction information and maximize waste handling and disposal programs within their organization[s]," ARC Executive Director Cherie O'Mary said.
To register for the ARC's Spring 2018 Recycling and Sustainability Summit, visit www.recyleark.org or call the ARC at 866-290-1429. Registration is $30 for members and $55 for nonmembers. The deadline to register for the summit is Tuesday.