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The items selected to be collected for recycling vary slightly from the "Unmanned Drop-Off Centers" and the "Materials Recovery Facility Convenience Center (MRF)". Contamination of recyclables (such as mixing types of materials, unclean materials, etc.) may cause a portion of the materials to be unable to be recycled. ​Keep recyclables as clean and dry as possible. No plastic bags allowed.​​

Items Accepted at Unmanned Drop-Off Centers:

  • Plastic Bottles (sodas, milk, detergent)

  • Aluminum & Steel Cans

  • Office Paper, Junk Mail, Magazine, Phone Books, Cardboard


Accepted Items at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Convenience Center:

  • Plastic Bottles (sodas, milk, detergent)

  • Aluminum & Steel Cans

  • Office Paper, Junk Mail, Magazine, Phone Books, Cardboard

  • E-Waste (computers, copiers, fax, DVD players)


We are a member of the Central Arkansas Inter-District Waste Tire Program.  Tire dumping is illegal. Dispose of tires at a Local Collection Center.  The Inter-District contracts for the collection, transportation and processing of all waste tires generated form within CARSWMD.  The Pulaski County RSWMD is the point of contact for all communication dealing with waste tire issues within the CARSWMD and can be contacted at 501-340-8790. 


We provide educational services and programs on environmental education issues – including solid waste management, recycling, composting, litter prevention and control, and household hazardous waste.​


Our programs are developed to provide you with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding our environment and can be presented to any age group. Programs can be customized to fit benchmarks in the classroom. 


If the program is to be for a “Teacher’s Workshop” (for about 30 participants) and will be through lunch, we can provide a “waste-free lunch”.

What we will need from you is: amount of time, number of people attending, age of those participating and desired subjects.  We can do school wide, by grade and by class programs.

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Solid Waste District

Protecting public health and welfare, preventing disease spread and nuisance creation, conserving natural resources, and enhancing the beauty and quality of the environment



The Arkansas State Legislature in 1971 recognized the need for and created the Solid Waste Management Act (Act 237, codified as A.C.A. §8060291 et seq.) with the stated purpose to protect the public health and welfare, prevent the spread of disease and creation of nuisances, conserve natural resources, and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.  The counties that make up the Central Arkansas Regional Solid Waste Management District are Lonoke, Monroe and Prairie Counties. These counties are best described as rural, agricultural based communities. The Solid Waste Districts are partners in Solid Waste Management with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. State law has played a major role in helping the District take an integrated approach to solid waste management.  Though the establishment of county recycling programs and waste tire disposal facilities, state law has mandated that the Districts take an active role in the establishment and coordination of MSW management within their respective borders.

Recycling Center Locations

Lonoke County

 Unmanned Center

404 E. 2nd Street
Ward, AR 72176

Monroe County

 Unmanned Center

717 N. 11th
Clarendon, AR 72029

Prairie County

 Unmanned Center

605 Hwy 38 W
Des Arc, AR 72040


975 Frontage Road

Lonoke, AR 72086

Hours of Operation

Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 9 am - 2 pm

Wednesday - 9 am - 2 pm

Thursday - 9 am - 5:30 pm

Friday - 9 am - 2 pm

Saturday - 9 am - 2 pm

Only the first Saturday of the month


Recycle Tip: Paper Mix

Remove any plastic such as overwraps, CD's, credit cards, etc. Staples are ok.


Recycle Tip: Plastic Bottles

Remove caps and rinse container if needed
Crush container as flat as possible


Recycle Tip: Steel Cans

Empty, rinse, and flatten if possible


Recycle Tip: Household Hazardous Waste

The average home has dozens of chemicals that can pose a health hazard to you, your family and to the natural environment, if not managed responsibly. Improper disposal of these wastes can cause harm to humans, plants, animals, soils and ground water. For more information please visit the Arkansas Energy & Environment - Environmental Quality


Why Recycle?

There are numerous reasons to recycle, but we believe that the most important ones are that it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, reduces economic security by tapping a domestic source of material, saves energy, and creates jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries.

Solid Waste Management Compliance 

Municipal solid waste is commonly referred to as trash or garbage. Because of the increase in the amount of materials thrown away, many communities across Arkansas and the country have developed diverse trash management practices known as integrated solid waste management. The policies and procedures required to properly manage solid waste in our district, as well as how to report illegal dumping, are available below.

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