Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do the wastewater treatment plants offer recycling services?

    No, but information regarding recycling services can be found here.

  2. What can I do with leftover chemicals/pesticides/paint?

    Contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at (479) 575-8398.

  3. What if I find abandoned hazardous chemicals?

    Call the Fire Department at (479) 442-6131. Do not touch the chemicals or containers yourself.

  4. Who do I report illegal discharges to?

    For questions about domestic or industrial wastewater discharges, septic or other transported waste dump permits and limitations, or other related questions, contact Industrial Pretreatment Program Coordinator Denise Georgiou at (479) 443-3292.

  5. Who do I need to talk to about disposing leaves, appliances, or other large or unusual items?

    Contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at (479) 575-8398.

  6. What number do I call to talk to someone about purchasing hay and fertilizer from the City's Biosolids Management Site?

    For information on public hay and fertilizer sales or any other Biosolids Management Site-related questions, contact BMS Coordinator John Tenberge at (479) 444-0717.

  7. When does the City offer hay for sale?

    Hay will be offered for sale each calendar year on the first workday of April, starting at 7:30 a.m. Commitments will not be accepted before this time. For additional information concerning hay sales or any other Biosolids Management Site-related questions, contact BMS Coordinator John Tenberge at (479) 444-0717.

  8. What type of forage is produced on the Biosolids Management Site?

    Midland Bermuda grass is the primary variety of forage grown.

  9. What is the method of pricing the hay from the Biosolids Management Site?

    Hay prices are determined by market supply/demand, as well as the quality of the hay. For questions regarding the purchase of hay, contact Biosolids Management Site Coordinator John Tenberge at (479) 444-0717. 

  10. How can I dispose of hazardous materials in the home?

    From industrial chemicals and toxic waste to household detergents and air fresheners, hazardous materials are part of our everyday lives. Hazardous materials are substances which, because of their chemical, physical, or biological nature, pose a potential risk to life, health, or property if they are handled improperly. There are many hazardous materials that can be found around the home and they should be used and disposed of with caution.

    Materials such as lye, ammonia, acid in car batteries, industrial-strength cleaners, pesticides, and herbicides are all common household materials that must be handled with the utmost care. Always follow the instructions provided with these materials to prevent accidents. A variety of other substances can also be toxic if absorbed, ingested, or inhaled. These include products such as paints, polishes, glues and adhesives, paint thinner, nail polish remover, and dry-cleaning fluid. Avoid prolonged contact with all of these items.

    Other potential dangers that may be in your home include:

    Asbestos, a group of naturally fibrous minerals that was often used for insulation in the past. Asbestos is hazardous because the tiny fibers can cause lung disease if a person inhales enough of them. Removing asbestos in your home is not a do-it-yourself project.

    Mercury found in household thermometers and barometers and in very small quantities in fluorescent lights, smoke detectors, cameras, and some switches. Mercury is a toxic substance; avoid direct contact.

    Lead, although not manufactured in American-made paints today, was present in many house paints in the past. Children can suffer brain damage from repeatedly eating paint chips containing lead.

    Cadmium is a toxic metal used to rustproof other metals. Bolts, screws, most rechargeable batteries, and some paints contain cadmium. Avoid prolonged contact or ingestion of this material.

    Be sure to use any hazardous material with care and also dispose of them safely. For more information about hazardous materials in your home, contact the Boston Mountain Solid Waste District at (479) 846-3005, or toll free at (888) 426-9278. Their website is www.bmswd.com.

    The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Center, located at 2615 Brink Drive in Fayetteville, is also available to residents for household waste disposal. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The following items are accepted at the HHW Collection Center:

    • Automotive supplies like batteries, antifreeze, motor oil, and tires
    • Paints, strippers, thinners, lacquers, and mineral spirits
    • Pesticides, herbicides, yard chemicals, pool chemicals and cleaners
    • Household batteries, flourescent bulbs, and mercury thermometers
    • Sharps
    • Similar household items

    You can also learn more at www.accessFayetteville.org.

  11. What federal and state environmental programs does the City of Fayetteville work with?

    In addition to the services and policies offered by the City of Fayetteville, both the state and federal governments have agencies which offer information and set policies that affect the citizens and environment of the City of Fayetteville. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) creates programs such as adopt-a-highway and enforces vehicle and industrial emissions regulations. For more information about what they do, contact them at (501) 682-0744 or www.adeq.state.ar.us.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that seeks to preserve and protect the vast resources of the nation by working with local and state organizations to keep our natural resources viable and prosperous for generations to come. For more information, please contact the EPA at (214) 655-6444 or www.epa.gov.

  12. What is industrial waste?

    Untreated industrial chemicals and hazardous/toxic waste that cannot be dumped into the City of Fayetteville sewer system. These substances, because of their chemical, physical, or biological nature, pose a potential risk to life, health, or property if they are handled improperly. Industrial waste can be dangerous to staff working on sewer pipes or in manholes. They can also inhibit the bacteriological processes at the wastewater treatment plants, contaminate biosolids, or pass through the facilities untreated into receiving streams. Industrial wastes must be pretreated before discharge or be transported for treatment or disposal.