Recycling center opens on North Street

The Marion Orton Recycling Center is located at 735 W. North Street.

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The city’s newest community recycling drop-off center opened Monday morning at 735 W. North Street, by the Scull Creek Trail crossing.

The Marion Orton Recycling Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is staffed by a full-time attendant.

Graphic: Todd Gill

The center is similar to the city’s other recycling drop-off facility at 1420 S. Happy Hollow Road, and features recycling containers for all the materials currently collected in the residential curbside program, including cardboard, paper board (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.), mixed paper, newspaper, plastic #1 bottles, plastic #2 bottles, steel cans, aluminum cans, and all colors of glass bottles and jars.

The facility is named after the late Marion Orton, a former Fayetteville mayor and 12-year City Council member who was a strong supporter of environmental protection. Orton organized Fayetteville’s first recycling center in the early 1970s, which operated as a non-profit inside a metal building on West Avenue near the corner of Maple Street.

Officials hope the centrally-located facility will provide a convenient way for students and other residents in the nearby apartment complexes to participate in the city’s recycling program.

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.