JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville’s Southside and Mandarin neighborhoods will receive new trash and recycling receptacles over the next two months.
The effort began on Aug. 8 to distribute large, 96-gallon bins to nearly 69,0000 homes.
“I thought it was Christmas,” laughed Michele Morin. She woke up to them outside her Southside home Friday morning.
Neighbor David Cibb isn’t quite as excited. His HOA says trash bins can’t stay outside. “I’m just going have to build something. Something to hide them.”
Action News found this an issue that every homeowner in Jacksonville will eventually face, as the city works to meet recycling goals set by the state. Currently the rate is at 42 percent per the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, but the goal by 2020 will be 75 percent.
“To make the program work we need the larger cart,” says Jeff Foster, Division Chief of Solid Waste Division for the City of Jacksonville.
Foster says meeting that goal won’t be easy, but more items are now being accepted for recycling, and he’s hoping larger bins will encourage more participation.
“We currently get $41.07 a ton for the sale of our curbside recycling. You can't put as much in a smaller cart as you can a larger one.”
Eventually the city will own the bins, but right now, they’re being paid for by the four companies that serve Jacksonville.
- Southland Waste (Republic) distributed them to 71,000 homes in June of 2012 to Arlington, Mayport and the Northside.
- Waste Pro is distributing the 69,000 in Southside and Mandarin currently.
- The urban core, which is serviced by the city directly, will get them next year if Foster’s $5.4 million capital budget request is approved by the city in September
- Advanced Disposal is expected to distribute them to North and Northwest Jacksonville by 2016.
The cost for the urban core also includes new automated trucks that require few operators and run on natural gas. Foster says that could save the city more than $400,000 in fuel costs alone. In addition, the larger bins will allow for pickup to move to every other week.
“All around it will save money over and over and over again,” says Foster.
Some, like Cibb aren’t convinced it’s the best idea. “What's going to happen is there's going to be people leaving their garbage cans out on the street.”
But Morin says the larger bins were used in her old neighborhood out of state, and says she’s seen it work. “It's a clean, safe and fast way of doing things. It will keep debris from spreading all over the neighborhood. I’m happy!”
Foster says neighbors who want to exchange their bins for smaller one’s can, but they are being asked to test the new ones for at least two months. He says the city says will work with deed-restricted communities to help eliminate concerns regarding placement.
The automated trucks will begin pickup by October. Neighbors are being asked to turn in their old blue recycle bins so they can be distributed to new developments and to the areas of town that do not currently have them in place.[ LIST OF ITEMS THAT CAN BE RECYCLED ]
The FDEP 2012 Municipal Solid Waste Annual Report
states the City of Jacksonville is very strong in single-family participation and is working to increase multi-family and commercial property participation.
For more information regarding the new garbage and recycling pick-up service, please call 630-CITY (2489) or visit New Waste Pro USA