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Feb 14

Recycling in PBC - Easy as 1, 2, 3

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:51 PM by Becky Robinson

We who reside in South Florida know how beautiful it is, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to make sure it stays that way. Recycling is an excellent way each of us can do our part.

But let’s be clear – recycling is one thing. Recycling Right is another. In Palm Beach County, recycling is as easy as 1, 2, 3:Recycling Menu Flyer
  1. Blue Bin – Containers like plastic bottles, metal cans and glass containers go into the Blue recycling bin. 
  2. Yellow Bin – Cardboard and other paper products are separated into the Yellow recycling bin. 
  3. Trash Can – Plastic bags, plastic foam, greasy pizza boxes, light bulbs, plastic utensils and napkins cannot be recycled in your Blue or Yellow bin. Toss them in the trash or look for alternative ways to recycle them – lots of local groceries have containers for shoppers to drop off their plastic bags and foam cups, meat trays or to-go containers for recycling. 
Putting these non-recyclables in the recycling bin hurts the entire recycling program, as they need to be separated out, often by hand. Plastic bags are especially insidious. If they make it to our recycling center, they can become tangled in the equipment and waste time and money.

If you’ve become the brilliant recycling bin brain of your household, we salute you. But there’s no reason to stop at the curb. Recycling Right also means taking your household hazardous wastes to any of the seven SWA Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. There, you can drop off home hazards like cooking oil, energy efficient light bulbs, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, paints and old electronics. The best part? You’ll be doing your part to keep harmful substances out of our environment and disposal there is free for PBC residents.

We know a thing or two about proper disposal. The SWA is the governmental agency created by the Florida Legislature more than 42 years ago to be the final destination for almost all of Palm Beach County’s waste. To properly dispose of this waste, the SWA operates an award-winning integrated system of facilities, which includes:
Thanks for being an excellent neighbor to we who are lucky enough to live here, and thank you for doing your part to Recycle Right.

If you have any questions on recycling or garbage pickup, call the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County at 866-NEW-BINS or click here»

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