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Single Stream Recycling

posted Jan 16, 2009, 5:47 PM by Ryan Anderson

The City of Lake Worth, in a first for Palm Beach County, has entered into a partnership with Waste Management to institute a new concept for recycling pick-up.

Beginning in October 2008, a single stream recycling pick-up system was introduced to Lake Worth’s residents. The single stream recycling pick-up system allows for all recyclables to be put together in one container instead of two containers that were previously utilized (which required separating items to be recycled). Paper, glass, metal and plastic can now be placed into the new containers for pick-up. Each item recycled creates a tangible environmental benefit while helping to conserve valuable natural resources, energy, clean air and water and will save landfill space.

Public Services Director Joseph Kroll states, “With the ease that this new system brings the City of Lake Worth is counting on an increase in people wanting to recycle which will help to lower our landfill tipping fees.” He added, “For the first time, Lake Worth is being paid for these recyclable materials, which in turn is used to further develop our recycling program. At this point, we are averaging $1500 per month in added revenue and look to increase this by an additional 20 – 30 percent in the coming year.”

For further information, contact Public Services Director Joseph Kroll at 561-586-1720 or via email at: jkroll@lakeworth.org .

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