FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — After learning that craft beer six-pack toppers weren’t recycled by the City of Fayetteville, several Northwest Arkansas breweries, bars, and liquor stores have stepped up to offer a sustainable way for beer consumers to dispose of their waste.
What a lot of people don’t realize is with recycling a lot of things are technically recyclable but there is just either not a market out there for it or it’s very hard to actually recycle through the material process facilities that we have.Stephanie Garman Hackmann
Fossil Cove Brewing Company, a Fayetteville-based brewery, went four and a half years without having a way to recycle its six-pack toppers.
“We didn’t realize the City of Fayetteville didn’t recycle them and that’s a common thing across the country,” Fossil Cove Brewing Company’s Manager Andrew Blann said.
Blann said the brewery started using six-pack toppers five years ago and for the last five years he has been telling customers to hang on to their toppers while they wait for a solution.
A lot of folks threw them away or a lot of costumers would have boxes of these (six-pack toppers) stored at home.Andrew Blann, Fossil Cove Brewing Company Manager
Stephanie Garman Hackmann, a member of the community who is passionate about sustainability, decided to take it upon herself to help Fossil Cove find an answer.
“I had remembered that Fossil Cove tried to recycle these handles previously but then they found out there wasn’t an actual program to support that,” Hackmann said. “I worked with the city of Fayetteville and we identified Total Recycling and they agreed to send out bins and set up collection points for us.”
According to Hackmann, Total Recycling, located in Fayetteville, will come and pick up the bins at breweries or liquor stores when they are full and then they will store them until there is a big enough load to send them to Jam Plast, a distribution center located in Mount Vernon, Indiana.
According to Hackmann, the reason why things such as six-pack toppers, lids, and plastic bags aren’t able to be recycled by a lot of municipalities across the country, is because of how small they are.
“They will clog up machines or there is no sorting mechanism to really take them apart,” she said.”It’s more the shape of it and they take more bottle or tub-shape items.”
Regardless, now Fossil Cove and the many other locations listed below can finally save energy and resources.
Both Hackmann and Blann are urging other breweries, bars, and liquor stores to hop on board.
“By buying cans that are made with these or any other products that are made with recycled materials you are supporting that loop and encouraging companies to use recycled materials in their products,” Hackmann said.
It really makes us happy to see that there are a lot of people out there that wanna get involved in recycling this product that previously was just getting thrown away.Andrew Blann, Fossil Cove Brewing Company Manager
The six-pack toppers can be recycled at the following locations in Northwest Arkansas:
- Dickson St. Liquor – 241 W. Dickson Street, Fayetteville
- Fossil Cove Brewing Company – 1946 N. Birch Ave., Fayetteville
- Liquor World – 3330 N. College Ave, Fayetteville
- Pack Rat Outdoor Center – 209 W. Sunbridge Dr., Fayetteville
- Black Apple Crossing – 321 E. Emma Avenue, Springdale
- Core Brewery – 2470 Lowell road, Springdale
- Bentonville Brewing Company, 1700 S. 1st Street, Bentonville
- New Province Brewing, 1310 W. Hudson Road, Rogers
- Ozark Beer Co., 109 N. Arkanas Street, Rogers
- Guess Who? Liquor Store, 214 SE Walton Blvd., Bentonville
- The Holler, 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville