TAVARES – Saturday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful that is dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling nationwide. As part of Lake County’s new curbside trash collection program, the county is also encouraging these efforts by offering citizens in unincorporated areas of the county new recycling carts that fit more items than the prior yellow containers.
“Recycling is key to reducing the waste stream,” said Jim Stivender, director of Lake County’s Public Works Department. “By recycling more, residents are not only doing something good for the environment, but they are also helping to keep costs low, or even reduce costs, for collection services.”
Through the county’s single-stream recycling program, all recyclable material such as paper products, plastic containers, metal and glass, can be disposed of in the same recycling cart without any need to separate or sort. Items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, Styrofoam, batteries and light bulbs.
Residents are offered carts in three sizes – 35, 65 or 95- gallon – depending on their recycling needs. Unincorporated county residents may make a one-time change to the sizes of their carts at no charge between now and April 1, 2015 by calling the county at 352-343-9400. After April 1, there will be a $40 delivery fee for cart exchanges. The delivery fee will be waived for residents who choose to exchange their cart at their hauler’s cart exchange location.
For more information about the new curbside collection service, including a list of all items which may be recycled, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/garbagecollection. For questions about the program or to change your cart size, contact the Lake County Solid Waste Division by phone at 352-343-9400, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about America Recycles Day or to take the recycling pledge, visit www.americarecyclesday.org.