Blue Bag Program eyes success, need for more recycling in its first anniversary

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It has been nearly one year since Abilities Unlimited took over Jonesboro's Blue Bag Recycling Program.

Chief Operations Officer Darren May says Abilities Unlimited is looking to broaden their horizons.

The recent expansion has given this young venture some room to grow, operating comfortably at 25 percent capacity.

May says the problem is clear.

"There are no recycling right now in the city of Jonesboro for multi-family housing which makes up almost half of the city."

May says plans are being made with Legacy Landfill to make recycling available to even more people.

"It's a program we're excited about because no other city in the state of Arkansas has a recycling program that totally reaches their multi-family housing in their cities."

Roughly 122 thousand pounds of recyclables are processed each month.

Thousands of blue bags are emptied onto a 60-foot conveyor to be sorted by hand.

The grouped recyclables are baled and then trucked away for manufacturing.

"We recycle most plastic containers, newspaper, cardboard, regular paper, glass, aluminum and tin cans."

Abilities Unlimited is beginning to accept what's known as E-waste--toasters, mixers, computers, television name it.

May is hoping for another expansion soon--a larger county-wide recycling center next to their current location on Burke Street.

"Anyone in Craighead County or the surrounding areas, we're glad to accept recyclables. So if the blue bag program isn't in their area, they're welcome to collect their recyclables, do their part, bring them to us and we'll gladly accept them."

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