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New recycling plan proposed for Fort Walton Beach

A plan proposed in Ft. Walton Beach could reinstate curbside pickup for recycling.

In 2007, the city cancelled curbside pickup of recycling, citing a lack of participation. They placed recycling drop-off sites in eight locations around the city.

Tabitha Ingermann says, "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".

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 and on East Miracle Strip and a portion of Beal.

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

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.

Brooks added, "...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."

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", says Brooks.

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. They say that could help the city save money overall. If the program works, they may reinstate recycling pickup throughout 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", says Tabitha Ingermann.

The city council will vote on the pilot project at their June 23rd meeting.