Friday, June 7, 2019

Recycling in Lake Worth Beach: Front page news in this week’s Herald.

Before we get to the news in The Lake Worth Herald do you remember the leadup to Recyclemaggedon in the City of Lake Worth in October last year when the expected public outrage and public confusion that was predicted never happened? (For a look back click on this link for a blog post from September 2018.)

According to County press and news media reports last year there was anxiety and confusion amongst some in the public about the switch from single-stream recycling (one 55-g container of mixed recyclables) and going back to double-stream recycling using two 18-g bins (blue container for bottles/containers; yellow for paper and cardboard).

But when Monday, October 1st rolled around the Recyclemaggedon some were predicting never happened. Things worked out perfectly with nary a complaint and eight months later all is still going well with the recycling program in Lake Worth Beach.

What happened to make everything work so well?

This is what happened: The City and the County’s Solid Waste Authority teamed up with a comprehensive public information campaign early in 2018, this news story published in WasteDive received an immense amount of attention both the County and statewide, and The Lake Worth Herald was all over this story informing the public from the very beginning.

In short, LOCAL newspapers matter. At the end of this blog post today is more information about the Herald and where to pick up this week’s print edition.

Two excerpts from today’s paper headlined, “LW Beach Has New Garbage/Recycling App”:

Lake Worth Beach has announced the launch of a mobile and web app [see links below] that contains all of the information residents need to know, tailored specifically to their neighborhoods, about the city’s residential garbage and recycling services.

The mobile and web app, developed by Recycle Coach™, provides residents with a full range of information that is normally on the website or in the collection schedule that Lake Worth Beach distributes.

and. . .

“Once residents have downloaded the app, they can set it up to give them regular reminders for any of the collection programs. For example, they can set a reminder for the day that recycling is collected or for their monthly bulk waste collection days,” said Jason Yaeger, Lake Worth Beach’s Solid Waste Supervisor.

“This is a new way for us to connect with residents about our solid waste and recycling programs. We’ll be able to update the information on the mobile and web app as necessary during the year, so it will always be current. Residents will never forget a collection day and that should lead to increased recycling rates. Everybody wins,” Yaeger said.

The Recycle Coach app is FREE to download and is available from the iTunesStore and available on Google Play as well. For more information one can also contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Division in Lake Worth Beach at 561-533-7344.

To see this week’s front page headlines in
the Herald click on this link.

The Herald print edition is available at the City’s newsstand located at 205 N. Federal Hwy. and is still only ¢50! To contact the editor at the Herald call 561-585-9387 or send an email to: