New recycling center takes shape on North Street

Newly installed fence posts surround the site of a new recycling drop-off center on North Street by the Scull Creek Trail crossing.

Photo by Todd Gill

Work continues this week on the Marion Orton Recycling Drop-off Center being built on North Street in Fayetteville.

Located on the south side of the street near the Scull Creek Trail crossing, the facility is named after the former Fayetteville mayor and 12-year alderwoman who organized the city’s first recycling center in the early 1970s.

Graphic: Todd Gill

Orton died in 2011 at the age of 83.

Brian Pugh, the city’s waste reduction coordinator, said the new drop-off center will be staffed by an attendant 40 hours per week and that informational signs will be placed at nearby apartment complex dumpsters to encourage residents to use the facility.

The center will be similar to the city’s only other recycling drop-off facility at 1420 S. Happy Hollow Road, and will include eight large containers for recycling glass, aluminum, plastic and paper products.

The project is funded in part by grants from the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, who contributed funds toward containers and planned educational kiosks for the facility.

The center is expected to open in mid-July.