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Judge focuses on county’s Solid Waste, Recycling division

By Roger Hooper

Van Buren County Judge

I am writing this letter on July 9, 2012.

Through the first half of 2012, the County Road Department has hauled a total of 101,028 tons of gravel or 58% of the goal of 175,000 tons for 2012.

Total miles of roads improved in 2012
4” of gravel and road drainage improvement 39.5 miles
Asphalt overlay: 5.2 miles

Our bridge crew is finishing up Pennington Road Bridge. We now have a 50 / 50 ADEM (Arkansas Department of Emergency Management) grant for a bridge on Round Springs Road at Highway 9W. We are planning to either repair or replace bridges on Archey, Pole Ranch, Bricky, Post Office, and Shelby by end of the year.

The custom crushing at our Formosa Quarry is going good. We have only been able to grade roads 1 week out of the last 7 weeks, because of the dry conditions.

As of writing of this letter, we continue in the worst drought since the 1980. Although We had temperatures to fall and some rain in certain areas of the county ranging from 0-2”county wide. We will continue to monitor the situation with the input of Fire Departments and the Forestry Commission.

Everyone has been abiding with the burn ban and it will continue until we receive additional moisture.

Our County Courthouse was built in the 1930’s by the WPA Administration. We have received an $89,600 grant from the Arkansas Heritage Department to renovate the exterior of the Courthouse. Work will begin later in the year.

The County offers its citizens the CodeRED Weather Warning System for home and cell phones, at no cost to the citizens. This system will notify you when your home is in the direct path of a severe thunderstorm, tornado, or flash flood. You will receive voice calls and or text messages, but you must sign up. To sign up for this service call 884-7816, 745-3911, or sign up on the internet at Only about 20% of the population uses this system. Please sign up today if not already a participant.

The Van Buren County Solid Waste/Recycling Department employs six people. According to the independent sanitation company haulers, they employ 16. This is a total of 22 employed in the County Solid Waste and recycling efforts, plus a host of volunteers.

In the last fiscal year July 1, 2011 thru June 30, 2012 showed the following amount recycle materials:

Electronic Waste (Td, Computers, Printers):


Aluminum - Cans

Metals – Mixed : 29.83 Tons


Newsprint: 193.76 Tons

Sorted Office Paper: 13.95 Tons


Total Tons Shipped 554.08

Recycle Revenue

Tipping Fees and Transportation

Total from Recycling

In the past year we have hauled a total of 7,892.1 tons or 15,784,000 pounds of solid waste to the Morrilton landfill from our transfer station.

The total population of Van Buren County is 17,295. This means on an average annual basis:

The average amount of recyclable, in a perfect world, would be 25% - 30% by weight. So we are achieving approx. 25% of the total potential.

By early fall, the Clinton Recycling Center will have a new recycling point. It will be located next to the street at the Solid Waste Treatment Building.

I hope you found this interesting and helpful. My next letter will feature the Animal Control efforts in the county.

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