ASK SHELLEY: Wakulla Recycling Update

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I recently had the opportunity to ask questions of a representative from Waste Pro to clarify some of the “gray” areas concerning recycling in Wakulla County. It was a worthwhile conversation that resulted in some ideas that I want to share.

Cardboard boxes should be broken down before they are put curbside. It is a courtesy to the hauler for it takes less pick up time. The box may not be picked up if it is not broken down.

I was reminded that “dirty waste” should not be put in the bin. A dirty aluminum foil backing dish is not considered a recyclable material due to the fact that it is not clean. An item that should not be placed in the recycling bin will be tagged and returned to the consumer with an explanation of why it was not taken. This takes time and slows down the workers. Be courteous and thoughtful and just don’t put “dirty waste” in the bin at all.

I asked about tin cans that have tops that have been removed with a can opener. Is the lid recyclable?

The Waste Pro representative reported that the lids can be recycled. It is very important that all cans be thoroughly rinsed.

Paper labels do not need to be removed. Lids can be recycled but they must be removed from the glass jar. I was surprised to hear that juice pouches or milk cartons can be recycled. The straws that often accompany them should be trashed.

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