Destination for Recyclables

Recycling
The City of Springfield has competitively bid contracts in place with several local recycling businesses.

Mixed Paper
Mixed paper goes to Nestlé Purina PetCare in Springfield. This contract has resulted in:
  • Approximately $2.5 million returned to our community annually in payroll and locally purchased goods and services
  • The construction of a new $3 million / 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility
  • Thirty new jobs
The mixed paper is recycled on site into animal bedding and pet litter products - Purina® Yesterday’s News® Brand Cat Litter and Purina® Second Nature® brand dog litter, for example - which are sold throughout the U.S.

Cardboard
Cardboard goes to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. It is processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into more cardboard or boxboard (cereal box material) containers or similar packing materials.

Plastics
Plastics go to New American Recycling, here in Springfield. They are processed here and marketed to companies that manufacture it into a variety of products, including carpet, clothing, composite decking and other building materials and consumer products.

Tin / Steel
Tin and steel goes to Commercial Metals, here in Springfield, where it is processed and marketed to companies that recycle it into more aluminum and steel products.

Glass
Glass goes to Ripple Glass in Kansas City where it is processed and sold to Owens-Corning and is used to make “pink panther” fiberglass construction insulation. Some of the glass is also recycled into new bottle beverage containers. The city has recently received our 1st donation of fiberglass insulation for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter as a bonus for the amount of glass we have recycled with Ripple.


Special Event Recycling
Having a Special Event? Need help with your recycling? We can loan you bins as well as provide other assistance for recycling at your event. Please call 417-864-2002.