To promote community based, state wide economic development by providing information to the private sector that will encourage the development of long term markets for recycled materials.

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Merger for Board

The State Marketing Board for Recyclables had their 2nd quarter meeting at Waste Management Sustainability Center in Rogers, AR on May 23, 2017. The Board discussed the legislatively mandated merger between the Board and the Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP). The CAP was originally developed to assist small businesses with their air regulations. The newly formed Panel will continue with most of their recycling responsibilities and will include advising small businesses on any difficulties they encounter, and degree and severity of enforcement with air, water, and land resources. Al Drinkwater, Sr. Vice President A.E.R.T., Inc. informed the board on what types of recycled materials they use to produce their products. He also spoke on the history and changes at A.E.R.T. See Minutes May, 2017 for more information.

Market for Materials Needed

The Marketing Board was able to visit Arkansas Kraft/Green Bay Packaging. Three primary materials that they need markets for are: Boiler Ash - primarily bark waste - approx. 3,117 cubic yards per month; Primary Clarifier Sludge - grit, ash, sand and water chemicals - approx. 6,397 cubic yards per month; Secondary Fiber Rejects - pulped fiber (absorbent nature) - approx. 577.5 cubic yards. The Marketing Board offered some ideas, along with listing on the RENEW, material exchange website. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Marketing Board at Bechtel@adeq.state.ar.us

1st Quarter Marketing Board Meeting

The Marketing Board held their first meeting at the Morrilton Chamber of Commerce on March 1, 2017. Edwin and Melanie Wells talked about one of their businesses, Wood Waste Recycling. They said that rice hulls and sawdust are two of the hardest things to recycle or reuse currently. Bill Burrough offered to supply them with some contacts for this material and Don Curran made several suggestions such as landfilling, pellets or poultry houses, followed by discussions. Renee McGhee, Director of Action Shredding, told us about her facility,which is manned by special needs individuals. Following the meeting we went to her facility and were able to see her operation. Please see Minutes for 3-1-17 meeting for more information.

Postive Results From Meeting

The Marketing Board travels throughout Arkansas and assists local businesses and industries with their sustainability efforts. They assist with information and matching facilities with personnel or businesses that can provide the services that they need. Don Curran, board member,is helping a local bakery in Batesville with collecting their cardboard at their facility in Conway. The Board assisted in facilitating White River Regional Solid Waste District helping with their overflow of cardboard at the bakery in Batesville. The second quarter Marketing Board meeting was held in Batesville, AR on June 22, 2016. Thomas Floyd, Associate Environmental Biologist with Future Fuel gave the first presentation followed by George Lattus, Manager at White River Medical System. The Minutes for this meeting are located under June, 2016 Minutes.

Marketing Board Member Receives Award

 

Don Curran, Marketing Board Member, received the Pay It Forward Award from Channel 4 for all of his accomplishments.   
Don was appointed to the Marketing Board two years ago and he is a very active member.  He meets with businesses and industries about their recycling efforts and offers suggestions on things they could recycle.  
Don is always searching for markets for materials that are hard to recycle.  Along with his duties on Marketing Board, he is active in the Arkansas Recycling Coalition and has agreed to be on the Special Materials Committee for the Statewide Solid Waste Plan. 
 

Special Provision

Marketing Board sent to over 450 letters to asphalt pavers, commercial and residential builders and roofers, county judges, Arkansas Municipal League and Solid Waste Districts regarding the Special Provision that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department  passed in February, 2014. This Special Provision allows 3% post-consumer or 3% pre-consumer shingles in roadway mix.  See letter and copy of Special Provision under Correspondence tab. 

 

Wheels For Wishes

Wheels For Wishes will tow away and recycle or auction off old vehicles for charity at no cost. (http://midsouth.wheelsforwishes.org/) The State Marketing Board for Recyclables is not responsible for any services performed by any link shared on this site.


Marketing Board Member Receives Award

Don Curran, Marketing Board Member, received the Individual Recycler of the Year Award at the Arkansas Recycling Coalition Conference held September 13 and 14, 2012.  This award was presented to him for the work that he does in promoting recycling to businesses and individuals in Arkansas. 


Industrial Byproducts Workshop Presentations

The Arkansas Marketing Board for Recyclables co-sponsored the Industrial Byproducts Workshop in Little Rock, AR April 11, 2012.  If you would like to obtain an email copy of the presentations for that workshop, please email bechtel@adeq.state.ar.us


Locations to Recycle X-ray, Lithographic and Industrial Films

Textra Recycling, Inc., http://tetrarecycling.com/ ; B.W. Recycling, Inc, http://www.xrayfilmsrecycling.com/ ;


What are your business and industry sustainability needs?

The Board works with existing industry to encourage the use of recyclables in their manufacturing processes and recruiting new industries that use recyclables. The Board has visited numerous businesses and industries in Arkansas to learn about their recycling efforts and assist them in any of their recycling concerns or needs.  Recycling Tax Credit Program, is just one way they provide information on money ways to purchase qualifying recycling equipment.


Looking for a location to take your recyclables?

The Board sponsors the “Arkansas Marketing Directory”. This Directory provides information on locations throughout Arkansas that accept recyclables.


Trying to locate a particular recyclable or have some that you need to find a home for?

The Board and ADEQ have joined a secondary material exchange program with the Region VI states, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. You can post for free on the RENEW Material Exchange


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