Recycling in Jefferson County, Arkansas, increases

Evergreen Packaging reaps reward of tire derived fuel.

July 29, 2016
Recycling Today Staff
Electronics Paper Tires

The Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial reports that the Jefferson County, Arkansas, recycling center shipped more than 132 tons of tire derived fuel (TDF) to Memphis-based Evergreen Packaging over a three-month period. 

According to the article, Evergreen uses TDF in place of wood chips in wet weather, as it burns cleaner and hotter. 

“It’s going real well,” Jefferson County Judge Dutch King told the newspaper. “We have to save some of it  for [Evergreen] because they use it every time it rains. It saves them money and it lets us make a little money.” 

The collection of TDF was documented in a report submitted to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Additionally, the report detailed 1.96 tons of newspaper and cardboard shipped out of the county, along with 63.47 tons of electronic scrap collected by the recycling center.

“E-waste is growing and growing,” King says in the article. “Right now, we’re collecting maybe 10 times as much as we did when we started.”