Friday, September 14, 2018

UPDATE. Think a straw ban is a good idea in Lake Worth? Or back to basics: Teach public how to recycle properly!

Update: Have you ever dreamed of being quoted in a newspaper? You can real soon if you want. Find out how below.

For example, you can be quoted on what you think about Deerfield Beach banning plastic straws and at the same time treating all other recyclables like regular trash (see news from Larry Barszewski and Anne Geggis below). Maybe it makes perfect sense to you. Maybe it doesn’t.

It would seem, apparently, Broward County has now taken the lead on banning plastic straws. Palm Beach County was a tougher nut to crack as you’ll read about further below in this blog post. In Broward the municipality of Hallandale Beach already has a plastic straw ban and Dania Beach might soon as well.

Below are two excerpts from journalist Dan Sweeney at the Sun Sentinel datelined yesterday (8/30) about what just happened in Broward County:

Deerfield Beach became the latest city to ban plastic drinking straws in city limits Wednesday [Aug. 29th].

Sweeney wants to know what YOU think. . .

Should these sorts of regulations be handled at the state level instead? Let us know by emailing or tweeting @Daniel_Sweeney. Your response could be used in a future story. [emphasis added]

Please note: For everything you need to know — and much much more — about the upcoming change to the recycling program in the City of Lake Worth (in Central Palm Beach County) starting October 1st click on this link.

Whilst on the topic of making planet Earth more sustainable, have your been thinking about composting? Well, guess what! On October 1st in Lake Worth you can have your very own 55-gallon composting container and it’s FREE! Continue reading to learn more about this exciting new development.

Now to the Straw Ban Police in Palm Beach County.

Case examples: Town of Jupiter and what
occurred in City of Lake Worth.

More good news is other municipalities in Palm Beach County are leading the way showing how inane and unnecessary a ban on plastic straws really is. Approving a resolution is one thing; creating a new ordinance is something else entirely. With another ordinance on the books what is the next step? The plastic straw police scaring the bejesus out of little kids? Threatening to fine parents or even throw them in jail?

“Ma’am! One last time. Drop the straw, raise your arms and back slowly away from the children.”

Well, anyhow, here is more good news from reporter Sarah Elsesser at The Palm Beach Post, an excerpt:

The details of the resolution aren’t dictated by the [Jupiter] beach committee. The committee just makes a recommendation [to Jupiter Town Council] about what it thinks is best based on the research they’ve done and been provided with. The majority of the committee agreed that an ordinance, which comes with fines, was too strong of an action to take.

Because of Budget Season the next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting here in the City of Lake Worth is not until October 2nd. But in the meantime if you should happen to spot Drew Martin in the parking lot at City Hall and a lot of bumper stickers from Jupiter High School you can pretty much figure out what the next plan is to try and push a municipal ban on plastic straws. If the past is any clue, the Lake Worth Beach would be the logical next step. Remember the political kerfuffle about banning balloons?

Forget about banning plastic straws here in the L-Dub! It’s just a silly distraction and don’t we have a long list of our own problems to fix? Like finally fixing that white elephant at our Lake Worth Beach once and for all.

And doesn’t this City have litter laws anyway? The bigger picture is trying to save recycling programs in general here in South Florida. For example, a recent article in the Sun Sentinel by reporters Larry Barszewski and Anne Geggis titled, “Recyclables become trash in two South Florida cities”; an excerpt:

If you live in Deerfield Beach or Sunrise, the stuff in your recycling cart is going to be treated like trash: Dumped in a landfill or burned in an incinerator. [emphasis added]
     Rather than have the material sorted and prepared for reuse as has been the case in the past, Deerfield Beach will bury its recyclables and Sunrise will take its material to a waste-to-energy incineration plant.

Because of too much contamination mixed in with recyclables (pizza boxes, soiled diapers, non-recyclable plastic, etc.) the City of Lake Worth is having to ditch its popular single-stream recycling program. Wouldn’t more focus on teaching the public how to recycle be more efficient than just focusing on a ‘plastic straw ban’ so more material actually gets recycled and reused in the future?

Get ready for a big change. Starting October 1st the City of Lake Worth is returning to “Dual Stream Recycling”.

The City will return to using 18-gallon recycling containers for curbside collection in October.

The vast majority of Palm Beach County uses these smaller bins for recycling (blue  =  plastic, cans, glass; yellow  =  paper products. Remember “No plastic bags please!” in either container:

Why is this happening? One of the big reasons is many residents of this City have been using the large 55-gallon recycling bin as a second trash receptacle. Please continue reading to learn more.

The Lake Worth Herald: The City of Lake Worth’s best LOCAL source for LOCAL news you can use.

“Oldest Established Business Established in 1912”
To see the latest front page LOCAL news click on this link. Pick up the print edition at the City’s newsstand located at 600 Lake Ave. and say “Hello” to Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso. And guess what?
The Herald is still ¢50!

From last May here is the news from the Herald, news that will most certainly upset and befuddle a lot of people here in this City. . .

On September 16, 2008, the City Commission approved an agreement with Waste Management Inc. of Florida (WM), for a single stream recycling program. Prior to the single stream agreement the City had a dual stream recycling program through SWA [Solid Waste Authority].
     The Commission voted 4-0 [Vice Mayor Pro Tem Scott Maxwell absent] to approve the Interlocal Agreement and will return to dual stream recycling on October 1. The City will engage in significant public outreach and educational programs in order to make this recycling transition.

To the question everyone is
asking themselves right now.

What to do with that big 55-gallon
green/yellow recycling bin?

The City will come by and take it away if you want. Stay tuned for news about that soon from the City of Lake Worth and the Solid Waste Authority.

By the end of September that big recycling bin won’t be worth a hill of beans, right? WRONG! 

Be creative and start thinking of ways to re-purpose that big container.

Stay tuned for more tips to come.

Here is tip #1.