Recycle bins

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.

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Florida Recycle Today, a recycling association, will soon hold its annual conference and exhibition for environmental industry professionals.

Florida Recycle Today provides a public forum for education and discussion concerning new recycling initiatives. During an appearance on WJCT's First Coast Connect, Florida Recycle Today Executive Director Heather Armstrong discussed some of the ways businesses can adapt so their practices are more sustainable.

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 The City of Jacksonville is automating it’s curbside recycling program. That means new recycling bins for residents. 

"Soon, three-fourths of the city will have the new carts," said Jeff Foster, director of Solid Waste for the City of Jacksonville.

The new recycling bins have bright yellow lids and they will be picked up every-other week by a truck with a big mechanical arm. And they can hold much more than the old blue bins.

"All the plastics 1-7, metals, glass, paper, cardboard, styrofoam...even cellophane wrapping from packaging," said Foster.