Expanded recycling services are beginning at Ward with the opening of the county recyclable material drop-off point, Ward aldermen learned at the Monday night City Council meeting.


“I hope you all are excited. You are the only ones, so far, in the county,” Leigh Ann Pool, from Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, said.


Aldermen Bill Moon, Jim Weir, Jeff Shaver, Gary Matheny and Ron Bissett attended the meeting, presided by Mayor Art Brooke.


The drop-off point, a service of Central Arkansas Solid Waste Management program , previously operated at Cabot, but the building being used was closed, forcing the relocation to 404 E. Second St., Pool said.


“So, you guys have the first pilot program,” Pool said. The drop-off is part of the newly purchased Materials Recovery System to be located at 975 Frontage Rd., Lonoke, and will collect items from residences, not businesses, she explained.


Materials collected from the three counties served will be brought to the Lonoke facility, where it will be sorted, processed and sold, Pool said. “We are excited, because that is the best thing we have been able to do in many, many years,” she remarked.


Up until now, recyclable materials were shipped at “our expense,” but the new system will become a revenue source by the sale of the materials to recyclers, Pool said.


Materials being accepted at the drop off point are No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, Pool said. All plastic containers are categorized using numbers inside the triangle recycle symbol, “The chasing recycling arrows,” she said. Aluminum cans, office paper, pressboard, old corrugated cardboard are collected there as well, Pool said.


The e-waste program, for electronics, is also at the drop off point; however older televisions are not accepted Pool, said.


The program would be levied a charge for taking the old televisions, “We have no way of recouping that fee,” she said.


What is acceptable are computers, monitors, VCRs, copiers, fax machines,


Also, according to information from EPA, televisions and computer monitors using cathode ray tubes contain up to four pounds of lead and are considered hazardous waste. In the past, they were recycled into new units; however, the demand for them collapsed with the introduction of flat-panel screens. Because of the lead in the glass, those units marked for disposal rather than recycling are considered hazardous waste and are subject to storage and disposal regulations.


Pool said that neither could the drop-off point accept Styrofoam.


Neither can glass bottles be accepted, “I don’t have a market for that, yet,” Pool said.


“We have lots and lots of people coming from the Cabot area using that container. We’ve already emptied it once, and it’s almost ready to be emptied again,” she added.


For more information go online to www.capdd.org, and select “Recycling Centers and Programs.”


In other matters Bissett reported on the process being followed to develop a comprehensive parking ordinance.