City of Little Rock Recycling Contract

The Basics: 

In 2012 the City of Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Sherwood entered into a joint 7-year recycling contract with Waste Management. This contract covers residential recycling only. If you live in a single family household, a duplex, triplex, or quadplex then you are part of our residential recycling contract.  

The 7-year recycling contract is up for renewal in April of 2019. The City of Little Rock and the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District are currently discussing terms for a new recycling contract. We expect the contract to go out to bid this fall. If you have input on our current recycling program and changes you may like to see, you can fill out the Regional Recycling survey here. If you have comments after the survey you can send them to recycle@littlerock.gov

Every household pays a small fee for recycling on their water bill. The fee is $2.07 a month for bi-weekly recycling pickup. This fee helps to pay for the cost of providing a recycling cart at your house.  

Recycling Rules:

Under the 2012 contract, Little Rock switched from dual stream recycling to single stream. Dual stream recycling is when you separate your recyclables into different bins. For example, in Little Rock we used to separate our fiber (cardboard and paper), metal, and plastics into three different bins. Single stream recycling is when you put all accepted recyclables into one bin, so there is no need to separate fiber from metal, plastic, and glass. 

The single stream recycling movement started in the 2000's with the goal of increasing participation in recycling. The ease of placing all recyclables into one bin significantly increased recycling participation rates. Little Rock's participation increased from 25% to 85% when we started single stream recycling. Unfortunately, single stream has also significantly increased contamination rates, causing a variety of problems for the recycling industry. Use our Acceptable Materials page to learn how to properly recycle and how to reduce contamination! 

City Rules about Recycling Carts: 

  • Recycling pick-up will be in the same location your garbage is picked up.  For example, if your trash is picked up in the alley, recycling will be picked up in the alley. 
  • Please allow for a minimum of three (3) feet between the trash cart and recycling cart. (Ord. No. 20,562, § 2, 3-27-12)
  • Recycling containers should not be placed out for collection prior to 4:00 p.m. the day preceding the normal collection day. Recycling containers should be removed by midnight the day of completion of recycling collection. (Ord. No. 20,562, § 5, 3-27-12)