Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shiraz Kashar, Waste Management Reuter Recycling Facility (Broward County)

This facility is where our "single stream" recycling materials collected here in Lake Worth go. What is collected first goes to a transfer facility in Riviera Beach where much of the sorting and separation of other garbage takes place. Then it goes to this facility which is the third largest recycling plant in the nation. It serves most of south Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Collier counties, at times others. This follows-up a presentation made by Mr. Kashar to the South Palm Park neighborhood association. This was after repeated requests to the city for information on our recycling program.

These two videos are in sequence and of his introductory presentation before we toured the facility. Highly recommended that you watch both in their entirety. More video on the tour itself will be out later.

One of the members of the tour put together this list of what to put and what not to put in your single stream recycling container:
All I found on the Lake Worth site was, "Items that can be placed together for recycling include clean paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, newspapers, glass bottles and jars, steel, tin and aluminium cans, juice and milk cartons and plastic drink containers." in an article from the Palm Beach Post.
On the schedule it says:
Recyclable items: plastic, paper, aluminum, steel cans and other 
items which are listed on the top of the container.
My sticker is getting pretty hard to read but it covers it pretty well.
On the Waste management site it lists:
Glass bottles
Glass jars
Aluminum cans
Steel cans
Plastics #1-7 (Really only #1 and #2 - watch video. Throw bottled water caps in the regular garbage.)
Junk Mail
So I guess the list on the lid is the best--it's all there--except it doesn't say "No garden hoses or toilet seats".
I think an enclosure with every utility bill would be a good way to build awareness.