LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "Going green" is a recycling movement that is making its way to a new level in the Natural State. It's been more than a year since Little Rock revamped its recycling program and participation continues to grow.
Workers at eSCO Processing and Recycling in Little Rock rip, pull, and take apart a wide variety of electronics in hopes of giving them a second use.
"We get TVs, monitors, PCs, microwaves, toasters, hairdryers; you name it...if it plugs in the wall we get it," said Brandon Foulk, manager with eSCO.
eSCO recently contracted with the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District which serves Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, and Maumelle.
The company sifts through thousands of pounds of electronic recyclables a month.
"Out of a typical front-end-loader scoop into a landfill, two or three percent of it will be electronic waste and the rest of it is some other byproduct, "said Fred Wizer, eSCO Plant Manager. "95 percent of the toxins in the landfill come from that two or three percent of electronic waste."
Wizer said the company takes in electronics from businesses and residents then properly breaks down the material for downstream processing.
The single-stream system began a year and a half ago and has consistently grown. This allows a variety of recyclables - paper, aluminum, cardboard, glass - to be collected into one bin.
"Immediately we jumped up to 1,400 or 1,500 tons and we are now experiencing 18,000-20,000 tons here," said Rusty Miller, Plant Manager at Waste Management's Little Rock property.
Miller heads up the facility that sorts and distributes the recyclables and said the business sector will be the next advancement for area recycling.
"A lot of the commercial businesses around have a recycle container behind their business where they do single stream recycling, we see the schools participating - we also see now that more of an emphasis being put on multi-family dwellings," said Miller.
To learn more about single-stream recycling and how to sign up, click here: http://on.kthv.com/1aqcbHU
Additional Reading : CBS News' article on 'Is recycling worth it?' http://on.kthv.com/1b63DIz