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Posted on: November 15, 2018

Recycling means revenue for Palm Beach County cities

Today is America Recycles Day! And when you Recycle Right, you’re also doing the right thing for Palm Beach County cities. 

Every year, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County shares recycling revenues with the cities it serves. In Fiscal Year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018), that meant more than $220,000 was given to municipalities from Tequesta to Boca Raton. Since the SWA started the Municipal Revenue Share Program in 2010, local municipalities have shared more than $9.5 million dollars. 

The Municipal Revenue Share Program rewards the SWA’s municipal partners for the role they play in making Palm Beach County’s dual stream recycling program successful. Each city’s recyclables are transported to the SWA, and once the SWA has sorted, baled and sold those commodities, the revue is shared back with the cities, after processing costs. 

In the last fiscal year, 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. 

The annual Revenue Share breakdown by municipality is as follows:

Atlantis 
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $813.88
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,633.12
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $35,870.74 

Belle Glade
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $630.21
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,329.56
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $29,380.38 

Boca Raton
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $31,909.55
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 64,084.86
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $1,416,313.67 

Boynton Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $15,789.34
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 31,091.88
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $676,884.47 

Briny Breezes
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $339.08
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 664.28
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $14,483.42 

Cloud Lake
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $33.93
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 66.43
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $1,448.25 

Delray Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $20,651.73
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 40,615.07
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $885,316.14 

Glen Ridge
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $67.81
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 132.86
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $2,896.80 

Greenacres
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $9,969.82
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 19,754.68
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $432,270.80 

Gulf Stream
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $406.89
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 794.24
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $16,846.50 

Haverhill
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $474.73
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 929.98
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $20,276.13 

Highland Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $2,238.12
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 4,461.56
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $97,777.12 

Hypoluxo 
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $1,119.09
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 2,238.07
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $49,001.59 

Juno Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $1,797.25
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 3,420.88
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $73,439.86 

Jupiter
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $18,006.72
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 34,286.15
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $742,282.81 

Jupiter Inlet Colony
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $169.58
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 332.18
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $7,242.68 

Lake Clarke Shores
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $983.39
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,957.80
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $42,983.11 

Lake Park
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $1,874.00
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 3,409.84
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $70,979.03 

Lantana 
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $3,119.86
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 6,531.34
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $148,567.42 

Loxahatchee Groves
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $847.76
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,720.31
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $37,622.46 

Manalapan
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $264.64
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 424.39
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $9,013.20 

Mangonia Park
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $440.84
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 863.58
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $18,829.08 

North Palm Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $6,605.72
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 12,206.09
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $261,512.73 

Ocean Ridge
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $915.62
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,832.40
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $40,215.34 

Pahokee 
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $1,152.97
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 2,419.79
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $53,678.50 

Palm Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $7,283.44
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 13,929.23
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $299,514.03 

Palm Beach Gardens
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $17,633.69
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 34,165.86
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $743,737.15 

Palm Beach Shores
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $746.07
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,461.31
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $31,862.96 

Palm Springs
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $5,730.99
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 10,480.23
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $223,800.55 

Riviera Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $10,478.52
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 21,382.76
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $471,135.96 

Royal Palm Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $8,816.85
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 17,114.60
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $371,997.07 

South Bay
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $644.29
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,265.27
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $28,066.73 

South Palm Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $983.39
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 1,972.34
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $43,207.90 

Tequesta 
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $1,966.90
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 3,951.33
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $86,528.47 

Village Of Golf
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $101.74
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 222.96
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $5,182.12 

Wellington
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $15,599.04
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 30,433.07
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $661,408.87 

West Palm Beach
FY 2018 Total Revenue - $32,317.15
Total Tons Recycled since 2010 - 63,662.08
Total Revenue Share received since 2010 - $1,393,851.35 

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 18) 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. 

Learn what goes in the blue and yellow recycling bins at SWA.org/RecycleRight.

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