Recycling in Maumelle

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Notice: Single Stream recycling will begin on February 24, 2014. City crews will continue picking up recyclables at the curb on a weekly basis and will be collecting additional items than previously accepted. Starting February 24th, you may add junk mail, office paper, magazines, cardboard, milk and juice containers (paper or plastic), steel cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs and newspapers. All containers containing food or drink must be rinsed out before disposal. Cardboard must be broken down or cut to lay flat. Glass, polystyrene foam (Styrofoam), plastic bags or any container that contains food waste will not be accepted. The existing blue bins will be used for all items. Please contact Public Works if you have any questions. (See brochure below)

Maumelle provides the community two ways to recycle with CURBSIDE RECYCLING and DROP OFF RECYCLING. A progressive recycling program is the best way to deal with over-burdened landfills, protect the environment, and reduce cost. By taking part in the city's recycling program, you have the opportunity to help ensure a healthy future for your community. Recycling is one of the best ways you can protect the environment. Recycling saves our natural resources, keeps reusable items out of our landfills, and provides the materials needed to make recycled products.

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The City of Maumelle is proud to announce the implementation of our enhanced curbside single stream recycling program. The recycling program will be expanded to include corrugated cardboard, paperboard, all plastic food containers, catalogs, magazines, and steel and tin cans, in addition to the aluminum cans, plastic bottles and newspapers it currently accepts. The enhanced Single Stream Curbside Recycling begins February 24, 2014.

Recycling Service:

Your recycling bin must be at your collection point by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled recycling collection day. Customers are provided with a recycling bin upon request. Extra recyclables may be placed next to the recycling bin in a cardboard box or a paper bag  no larger than 18 gallons in size.  If you consistently have extra recycling, call Solid Waste & Recycling at 501-851-2888 to request an additional bin. If you find you need more than one bin you may request up to three at no charge.  Your collection day is assigned by the Solid Waste & Recycling Division.  Routes are created so the Division operates in the most cost-effective way.  When a holiday falls on your recycling day, we will collect the next day.

How to Prepare Your Recycling:
Simply rinse your containers and place all recyclables loose or in paper bags in your bin. 

Do not place plastic bags in your recycling bin.  You may collect your recycling in plastic bags, but you must dump the recyclables out of the plastic bag into the cart and place the plastic bag in the garbage or take it to your local Kroger grocery store for recycling. You may also collect your recycling in a reusable bag and empty the contents into your bin for collection.

Do Not include food wrappers or food contaminated materials. 
Remove caps and lids.  Labels do not need to be removed.

Cardboard and paperboard must be flattened and placed under the bin, if it is too large to fit inside the bin.


Materials Accepted Curbside for Recycling Include:

Educational Tag:

Our crews cannot pick up your recycling if there is a problem with it.  Unacceptable recycling will be marked with an educational recycling tag.  If you find a tag, please read it in order to understand what the issue with the recycling is, correct the problem, and place your recycling out on your next recycling day.

Some reasons why your recycling may not be picked up include:

    •    Non-Recyclable and/or Non-Acceptable materials such as garbage, styrofoam, or glass were placed in the recycling bin.
    •    Greasy cardboard and/or plastic bags were found in the bin.
    •    Recyclables were contaminated; items must be rinsed before being placed in the bin.
    •    Recycling was not at the pick up area, next to the curb and three feet from the garbage cart.
    •    Recycling was not out for pick up on the correct recycling collection day.

Missed Recycling:

If you do not find an educational tag and you believe your recycling was missed, please wait until after 2:30 p.m. on the day of pick up before calling Solid Waste & Recycling at (501) 851-2888.  Unfortunately, we cannot return for recycling if your bin was not out on time.
Collection Time:

Your recycling will be picked up any time starting at 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.  You may notice that your recycling is collected at approximately the same time every week.  Please understand that changes in weather conditions, crew assignments and equipment problems can change your pick up to an earlier or later time in the day.  That's why it is important that your recycling is always out by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
Holiday Schedule:

When your collection day falls on or after a holiday, recycling collection will be one day later than normal.  

Recycling & Yard Waste doesn't usually adhere to the Solid Waste Collection holiday schedule. We are usually able to catch up since routes are only run three days each week and not everyone participates, as they do in solid waste collection. We recommend that you put out your recyclables on your normal collection day unless your day is on the actual holiday. If on the actual holiday, we will be one day late.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What happens to my recycling?
A: Recycling is collected by City crews.  The City tips the recyclables at Recycle America in Little Rock, AR.

Q: Can I collect my recyclable materials in brown paper bags?
A: Yes!  If you want to continue sorting your materials in brown bags, that is fine.  Simply put all of the brown bags inside your bin.  Please do not place plastic bags (full or empty) in your blue bin.  Plastic bags get tangled in machine gears at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) requiring the MRF to stop operations to remove the bags.  You may collect your recycling in plastic bags, but you must dump the recyclables out of the plastic bag into the bin and place the plastic bag in the garbage or take it to a Kroger Store or another participating grocery store for recycling.  

Q: What types of items can be placed in the recycling bin?
A: Please refer to the information shown above under "Materials Accepted Curbside for Recycling."

Q: Why did the program change?
A: Maumelle residents spoke and we listened. It took time to negotiate and to find a way we could start collecting more at curbside without increasing the community fees to offset the cost to pay an outside company.

Q: I'm moving; should I take my recycling bin with me?
A: No.  Just like the garbage cart, these recycling bins are the property of the City of Maumelle.  Do not take them with you when you move.  Each bin is assigned to a specific property using serial numbers.

Q: What if I want a bigger bin?  
A: We don't have larger bins at the moment. We are trying to get a participation rate and to verify there will be a need for it.

Q. Why is glass not one of the items collected in the program?
A. We do not accept glass because of employee safety (avoiding injury) and contamination issues (breakage within the collection vehicles can cause glass shards to end up in the other materials, which may cause the rejection of loads). Historically, glass has been the smallest amount of recyclables collected, and there has been a significant decline in the last few years, as many bottlers have turned to plastic. Also, the glass markets have been and continue to be depressed, so economics are also a factor.  Recycle America does not allow us to collect glass curbside and tip at their facility without incurring an additional cost.

If you have any additional questions, please call Public Works Solid Waste & Recycling at (501) 851-2888.



The city's drop off recycling facility is located at 423 Hyman Drive. The "remodeled" Maumelle Recycling Drop Off Collection Center and Transfer Station opened in December 2010. Our Household Chemical Recycling Trailer opened on May 6, 2011. We are now bailing cardboard, aluminum cans and plastics, which saves time and money by cutting down our "hauling times".

Our end goal is to provide the residents of Maumelle a better and more efficient Transfer Station. When dropping off your recyclables at the collection center, please keep in mind that in order to be cost effective and to generate the most revenue to offset expenses, while continuing to keep unnecessary waste out of the landfill, items must be sorted. You may find it easier to sort at home prior to drop off or you are always welcome to sort on site. Please use the guide below to aid in correct placement of you recyclable items. Signs are also on the containers.

423 Hyman Drive

Mixed Paper, Cardboard, Aluminum Products, Metal Food and Beverage Containers, Glass Food and Beverage Containers (Bottles and Jars), Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Electronics, and Household Hazardous Waste


Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items
check-markBooks – paperback and hard cover do-not-symbolNo paper towels, facial tissues, napkins

check-markColored paper

do-not-symbolNo cigarette packs
check-markGreeting cards, postcards, card stock do-not-symbolNo candy wrappers
check-markMail, envelopes (windows okay) do-not-symbolNo waxed or plastic coated paper
check-markMagazines, catalogs do-not-symbolNo needles, razor blades, syringes
check-markNewspapers, advertisements, inserts do-not-symbolNo newspapers in plastic bags
check-markPaper bags
check-markShredded paper (place shredded paper in a paper bag within the brown container)
check-markWrapping paper (no foil)

Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items
Cans, pie pans - foil only
Hint: If in doubt, use a refrigerator magnet. If the magnet sticks, it is not aluminum
Other aluminum products such as car parts, wire, ties, scrap metal, knives, aluminum trays, siding, pots

(Flatten boxes to maximize space.)

Acceptable Items
check-markBoxes with windows
check-markCereal and cake boxes (throw away plastic or wax liners in the blue refuse cart)
check-markGift boxes
check-markMilk cartons, juice boxes
check-markPizza and frozen food boxes
check-markShoe boxes
check-markToilet paper and paper towel rolls
check-markToothpaste and tissue boxes
check-markWax-coated boxes/containers
(frozen food, Chinese)


(Tin and glass must be rinsed; there is no need to remove labels. Remove metal lids and place separately in the brown collection container.)

Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items
check-markAerosol cans do-not-symbolNo scrap metal
check-markMetal lids do-not-symbolNo paint cans
check-markPet food cans do-not-symbolNo aluminum siding
check-markSoup and vegetable cans do-not-symbolNo pots and pans
check-markTins from cookies and popcorn do-not-symbolNo metal furniture
check-markClear and colored glass do-not-symbolNo Propane Tanks

(Items must be rinsed; lids are acceptable.  There is no need to remove labels.)

Acceptable Items Unacceptable Items
check-mark Cleaner containers (window, toilet, etc.) do-not-symbolNo automotive fluid bottles,oil, antifreeze, brake fluid*
check-markDetergent and bleach containers do-not-symbolNo pesticide containers*
check-markMilk/water jugs do-not-symbolNo Styrofoam No PVC pipe, rubber tubing
check-markSyrup bottles do-not-symbolNo vinyl siding
check-markSoda/juice bottles do-not-symbolNo flexible water hosing
check-markSunscreen/medicine bottles do-not-symbolNo food containers (clear, clear top/brown bottom, clear top/Styrofoam bottom, or clam shell food containers usually for take-out food and fruits/vegetables)
check-markSalad dressing bottles
check-markShampoo bottles do-not-symbolWe do not accept round plastic containers like yogurt or margarine tubs or plastic bags.

*Containers that are empty can be placed in the blue refuse cart.



Printers, Monitors, Televisions, Cell Phones, Microwave Ovens, DVD Players, VCR's, Printers, Stereos, Radios and Fax Machines.


Monday - Thursday 7:00am – 3:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am - 3:30pm



Grinding of the Greens

Recycle your Christmas tree! Trees may be placed curbside for collection during the month of January on your regular yard waste pick up day. Please remove all lights, tinsel, etc.   For more information, call 501-851-2888.

Reminder: All holiday boxes and wrapping paper (except foil-lined) can be recycled at the transfer station at 423 Hyman Drive, Maumelle.

Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide celebration of the earth we live in, how we relate to it and to other creatures. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970 and has now grown to become one of the largest environmental events in history. It always falls on April 22nd.  Other things you can do to celebrate Earth Day:

  • Reduce what you use
  • Conserve energy
  • Buy items made from recycled materials
  • Walk to work, carpool or use the bus
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained
  • Put litter where it belongs — not on the roadside
  • Compost your food scraps and yard waste
  • Conserve water
  • Build a habitat for wildlife in your yard
  • Use a cloth bag when you go shopping
  • Don't buy disposable items
  • Start a recycling program at your office or home
  • Start a composting program at your school
  • Begin a reuse program at your office

America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day is a national celebration set each year on November 15th to remind us that recycling and buying recycled goods is of utmost importance. Many events are scheduled throughout the state and nation on this day. In addition, many prizes are awarded to those who make a commitment to recycle or buy recycled products. To show your support and pledge, please go to


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