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Recycling mystery: Why can't Jacksonville recycle like other cities?

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David Bauerlein
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Florida Times-Union
Jill Chestnut jams cardboard into an overstuffed bin at the Jacksonville recycling dropoff site at Blue Cypress Regional Park in Arlington.

As Jacksonville's suspension of curbside recycling grinds into a fourth month with no date in sight for returning, it's business as usual in Atlantic Beach, where green-painted trucks roll through neighborhoods every week to empty recycling bins.

Jacksonville officials point to the national shortage of workers in the waste collection industry as the driving force behind temporarily suspending curbside recycling service in early October.

That kind of pullback hasn't happened, however, in the vast majority of Florida cities and counties facing the same challenges.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.