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Palm Beach County residents are Recycling Right! In the last fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017), county residents recycled more than 80,000 tons of material! That’s about 160 million pounds of recyclable waste that would have otherwise been trashed.
As a result, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County has paid more than $873,000 to Palm Beach County cities through its Municipal Revenue Share Program in Fiscal Year 2017.
The Municipal Revenue Share Program rewards the SWA’s municipal partners for the role they play in making Palm Beach County’s recycling program successful. The cities collect and transport recyclables to the SWA, and once the SWA has sorted, baled and sold those commodities, the revue is shared back with the cities.
Since the SWA started the Municipal Revenue Share Program in 2010, local municipalities have shared almost $9.3 million dollars.
The annual Revenue Share breakdown by municipality is as follows:
Each municipality spends their portion of the Revenue Share as they see fit.
The net Revenue Share for each municipality consists of the total recovered residential materials revenue received by the SWA for each quarter less the processing cost for that quarter. That amount is divided by the total tons received to determine an average price per ton and multiplied by the adopted annual Revenue Share percentage (50% in FY 17) to set the program price for the quarter. The revenue received from recovered materials varies depending on market prices and availability.
Self-haul municipalities receive their Revenue Share based on the actual weight of acceptable loads delivered to an approved SWA facility. The other municipalities, who share a common hauler, share the balance of those revenues in proportion with their total equivalent residential unit (ERU), which is calculated with single family and mobile homes as 1 ERU each and multifamily homes as 0.75 ERU per unit.
The items processed for recycling in Palm Beach County’s dual bin recycling system are:
And, When in doubt, throw it out!