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St. Johns County Recycling Getting An Upgrade

St. Johns County

St. Johns County is distributing new, much larger recycling carts starting Monday.

The upgrade is aimed at getting more people to recycle.

Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services company, is upgrading St. Johns County customers to 95-gallon recycling carts for their curbside recycling service at no additional cost.

St. Johns County spokesman Michael Ray says this is part of Florida’s effort to reach its recycling goal of 75 percent. This goal was set by the state in 2008.

“This is one upgrade that will help us get closer to that as a goal,” Ray said.

Ray says the new carts are more than twice the size of the old bins.

He said, “It’s going to allow our residents to further participate in recycling which is good for the county and our community as a whole.”

Ray says the carts reduce the amount of recycling that is blown by the wind or disturbed by animals which he says is a problem with the current bin system.

St. Johns County residents can start using the new carts on July 6.

All recyclables can be mixed together in the cart.

While the carts are being delivered, residents should still use their 18-gallon recycling bins.

Advanced Disposal has a list of recyclable items and collection guidelines for residents to be aware of when recycling.

Taylor Johnson has been practicing on-air journalism since the fifth grade, bringing over 10 years of experience to WJCT as a Summer Intern. Growing up in Lakeland, Florida, she followed her passion for production to the University of North Florida where she is currently double majoring in production and journalism. Taylor will graduate with her bachelor's degrees in December.