In an effort to increase awareness and participation in the City of Newport’s recycling program, a new drop-off recycling trailer has been placed at the Price Chopper Parking Lot on Hwy 367 in Newport.
The new trailer has separate bins for flattened cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum and tin cans. The trailer was provided through a grant from the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District and constructed by Delta Manufacturing in Newport. Mayor David Stewart stated that recycling is an important part of the city’s sanitation service and wants to increase participation by making drop-off more convenient in that area of Newport. The recycling program is open to all Jackson County residents. The Newport Area Recycling Center, located at 216 Third Street in Newport behind the Old Treasures resale shop, accepts even more items. The Center accepts office and school paper, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, and old electronics. It is open from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday. Center employees can help you unload your items during those hours, and after hours drop-off bins are also available there. The Center also recycles unwanted clothing items but urges individuals to first bring their good quality, unwanted clothing to benevolent groups or non-profits like Old Treasures. The Recycling Center welcomes left-over and unneeded clothing from these groups. School and business recycling services include paper, commercial cardboard, and glass bottle collection programs. Restaurants and other businesses that generate a lot of cardboard and/or glass waste may be able to reduce their trash bill by recycling. Newport Recycling also offers residential and commercial paper shredding as a free services to its customers. For more information on these programs, contact Center Manager Bonnie Watkins at870-217-0070. Consumer, business and school electronics can be dropped off at the Newport Recycling Center. Old computers, printers and accessories, televisions, copiers, scanners, fax machines, radios, CD and DVD players, phones, e-readers, tablets, video games and toys, and electronic gadgets of all types – practically anything with a computer chip in it – are accepted. These items are often heavy, contain potentially hazardous materials and do not need to go to a landfill. All electronics are shipped to a de-manufacturing center in Texarkana, Texas where they are processed for recycling in a secure and environmentally responsible manner. Recycling is easier than you think. To get started, place a large plastic bin or bag in a corner of your home, carport or garage. Sack paper separately to keep it dry. Empty liquids from bottles and rinse food cans clean. Leave labels on and bottle lids off. When you bag or bin is getting full, take it with you on your next trip to town and drop your items off at the Newport Recycling Center or Newport’s new drop-off trailer at the Price Chopper Parking lot. The most effective thing households can do to keep trash disposal costs down is simple. We need to throw fewer things away - everyday things like paper, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, glass bottles and jars, and even our old electronics! For more information on recycling in the Newport area, contact Bonnie Watkins at(870) 217-0070.