Fun facts about recycling
• Paper recovery for recycling has reached or exceeded 63 percent each year since 2009.
• The amount of paper and paperboard recovered in the U.S. increased 80 percent between 1990 and 2014.
• Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
• Ninety-six percent (268 million) of Americans have access to community curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
• Total paper recovery in the U.S. exceeded 51 million tons in 2014.
• By weight, more paper is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than glass, plastic, steel and aluminum combined.
• More than twice as much paper is recycled than is sent to landfills.
• Approximately 79 percent of all U.S. paper makers use some recovered paper to make everything from paper-based packaging to tissue products to office paper and newspaper.
Hot Springs Solid Waste Department offers city residents curbside collection of newspaper, corrugated cardboard, telephone books, aluminum cans and plastic grade Nos. 1 and 2. If not currently participating the Earth Angel Program and would like to get involved, call 321-6911.
Last week, Earth Angels of Hot Springs recycled: 78 pounds, aluminum cans; 3,489 pounds, newspaper; 713 pounds, corrugated cardboard; 194 pounds, plastic; 25,440 pounds, yard waste. A total of 14.96 tons of recyclable materials were kept out of the landfill.
Monday: Quail Creek/Lotus Loop.
Wednesday: Park Avenue Magnolia/Circle Drive.
Thursday: Oaklawn Park/Pine Meadows.
Feb. 24: Whittington/Quapaw -- Prospect.
Information provided by the Hot Springs Solid Waste Department.Society on 02/17/2017