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Breaking News: Household Chemical Collection Center Now Accepts Waste from Surrounding Counties

Special Event Recycling

Having a Special Event? Need help with your recycling? We can loan you bins as well as provide other assistance for recycling at your event. Please call 864-2002.

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Household Chemical Collection Center Now Accepts Waste From Surrounding Counties

Residents in Christian, Dallas, Polk, and Webster counties will soon have access to the City of Springfield's Household Chemical Collection Center, as Greene County residents have since the Center opened in August 1994. Service is scheduled to be available beginning July 1.

Funding from a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, through local Solid Waste Management District "O" is in place for a pilot project that will allow the City of Springfield to accept materials generated from households in all five counties of District "O." (No waste generated from businesses or institutions will be accepted under the City's permit.)

Instructions for the surrounding county residents are exactly the same as for Springfield/Greene County residents - a printed brochure can be viewed at www.springfieldmo.gov/recycling -- under "Popular Downloads" -- Household Chemical Collection Center (HCCC). Hard copies are also available by request by calling the Recycling Hotline at 417-864-1904 or by e-mailing blucks@springfieldmo.gov. Residents may also call the HCCC directly if they have questions -- 417-864-2000--and when they are ready to make an appointment. For the full news release, click here.

Where Do Our Recyclables Go?

The City of Springfield has competitively bid contracts in place with several local recycling businesses.

  • Mixed Paper goes to Nestle Purina PetCare in Springfield. This contract has resulted in 30 new jobs; the construction of a new $3 million/30,000 square foot manufacturing facility; and approximately $2.5 million returned to our community annually in payroll and locally purchased goods and services. The mixed paper is recycled on site into animal bedding and pet litter products –Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litters, for example, which are sold throughout the US.
  • Cardboard goes to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. It is processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into more cardboard or boxboard (cereal box material) containers or similar packing materials.
  • Plastics go to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. They are processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into a variety of products, including carpet, clothing, composite decking and other building materials and consumer products.
  • Tin/Steel goes to Commercial Metals, here in Springfield, where it is processed and marketed to companies that recycle it into more aluminum and steel products.
  • Glass goes to Ripple Glass in Kansas City where it is processed and sold to Owens-Corning and is used to make “pink panther” fiberglass construction insulation. Some of the glass is also recycled into new bottle beverage containers. The City has recently received our first donation of fiberglass insulation for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter as a bonus for the amount of glass we have recycled with Ripple.

Funding

Springfield's voter approved Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) is funded by revenues generated from tipping fees at the City's Sanitary Landfill as well as several revenue sources, including the sale of yardwaste compost and mulch products, grants, honor system fees, and donations.