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Fort Walton Beach looking to reinstate curb-side pickup

The city of Fort Walton Beach is looking into a recycling program with curb-side pickup.
They haven't offered that since 2007.

How far are you willing to go to recycle? Down the street? Across town? Well, if a plan proposed in Ft. Walton Beach gets city approval, for the first time in years, you may only have to go to the end of your driveway.

In 2007, the city cancelled curb-side pick up of recycling, citing a lack of participation.
They placed recycling drop-off sites in eight locations around the city.

"I kept up the recycling for about a month, but dragging it down the street in the car with everything leaking it just kind of went by the wayside," said Tabitha Ingermann.

Now the city is looking into a six month long pilot program from October through March, that would start curbside recycling pick-up in two areas:
On the north side of the city, in Kenwood and a portion of Oaktown.
On the south side, in Seabreeze, east Miracle Strip and a portion of Beal.

"I know if it's made convenient for us we would probably participate. Especially if we had containers that were specific for recycling," said Bruce Brooks.

People in those areas would receive containers, exactly like their trash cans, but with a yellow lid.
Those will cost the city just over 150,000 dollars.
"...If we didn't have to do a lot separation, if we could put it to the curb and they pick it up, I would certainly participate," said Brooks.

The "single stream" method will be used, meaning that all recyclables can be thrown into one container.
"I think it'd be a great idea. I think it's something citizens should be concerned about, and should put a conscientious effort into doing."

City officials hope the areas will cut down on the amount of garbage enough to have only one trash, and one recycling, pick up per week.
That, they say, could help save the city money overall.

If the program works, they may reinstate recycling pick up through the whole city.

"It seems like it would make sense. You're going to cut down on the amount of trash being picked up, and that surely would save money to fund the recycling, I would think," said Ingermann.

The City Council will vote on the pilot project at their June 23rd meeting.