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Little Rock Landfill still collecting storm debris

By David Harten

This article was originally published January 4, 2013 at 3:34 p.m. Updated January 4, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.

— The Little Rock Landfill is still taking any storm debris that residents have remaining after last week's winter storm.

A City of Little Rock news release states that solid-waste crews are still working to remove any debris as well as working on damage that could hinder area residents. That includes fallen trees and branches, as well as bushes and other loose landscaping.

Warren Atkins, solid-waste manager for the City of Little Rock, said that city workers are putting in 10-to-12-hour shifts to bring in the leftover debris from the winter storm that hit Christmas night.

"There's still a whole lot out there," Atkins said.

In all, Atkins said 616 tons of solid waste debris has already come into the area landfills in the past four days, with an even larger amount still out in the streets and in residential areas.

For comparison, Atkins said that for the entire month of January 2012 the city brought in 2,300 tons.

While the amount of waste coming in is unusually large, Atkins said that he doesn't think that the damage is as bad as it was after the ice storm in 2000 that ravaged the city. Atkins said that he believes the city brought in 30,000 tons of waste from that event alone.

Residents who would like to get rid of storm debris can call 3-1-1 or go to www.littlerock.org and click on the 3-1-1 logo on the page. All vegetation that is collected will eventually be made into mulch, the release states.

The Little Rock Landfill, located at 10801 Ironton Cut-Off Road, is open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. Those with garbage, yard waste, construction and demolition debris may bring it to the landfill for a fee, the release states. Those curious about the fees may contact the Landfill Scale House at (501) 888-5806.

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