Nearly half of all solid waste in Arkansas in fiscal 2015 was recycled, according to a new report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
About 45.5 percent -- or 5.7 billion pounds -- of all discarded materials wound up being recycled, the report said. That's an increase from 2014, when 39 percent -- or 4.2 billion pounds -- of waste materials were recycled.
The sheer amount of solid waste put in landfills also increased, though not by nearly as much. In the fiscal 2014 report, 6.5 billion pounds were reported being put into landfills, compared with 6.8 billion pounds in the fiscal 2015 report.