NWA Council, EPIC Recycling provides four months of free glass recycling to businesses

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — NWA Recycles through the Northwest Arkansas Council is partnering with EPIC Glass Recycling to provide some financial relief to businesses.

For 50 Washington and Benton County businesses that choose to participate in the glass recycling program, a glass collection container will be provided and will be added to EPIC Glass Recycling’s collection route. Each collection over a four-month period will be paid for by grants awarded to NWA Recycles.

“Landfill space is at a premium,” said Lee Chalmers, coordinator of NWA Recycles. “The landfill is filling up, and the glass is so recyclable, the idea is why not keep it out of the landfill and have it serve a greater purpose.”

After the glass is collected, Chalmers said it will be turned into an aggregate material that will be used for buildings.

The Odd Soul in Downtown Springdale is one of the restaurants that has chosen to participate in the glass recycling program.

“I just want to recycle. We send so much trash to the landfill,” said Jeffro Brown, with the restaurant. “Any expense that’s taken off my checkbook is welcome.”

The Odd Soul currently piles all of its glass bottles into a garbage bag and takes them all out at once. Now, with the new smaller bin, the craft bar and pizza joint will have to make multiple trips to dump the glass — but staff aren’t complaining.

“Hallelujah,” said Boston Daniels, a bartender at The Odd Soul, when Brown mentioned not having to lift 60-pound bags of glasses anymore.

Chalmers said that after the four months of free glass recycling ends, he hopes businesses will continue with recycling practices.

Interested companies can register by visiting the NWA Recycles website. The deadline for registration is August 31.

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