County considers recycling program; mandatory garbage

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM.

Two weeks after hearing the extent to which taxpayers are underwriting the losses at Five Points Landfill the Board of County Commissioners debated issues of recycling and mandatory garbage pickup for county residents.

Commissioners decided to hold off any vote for two weeks, but sentiment is moving in the direction of alleviating the hundreds of thousands the county loses each year with landfill.

Commissioner Warren Yeager pushed for a pilot recycling program for South Gulf County and asked commissioners to support funding the program – at maximum of $6,000 – for the remainder of the fiscal year with an eye toward expanding the program in the next fiscal cycle.

The pilot project would not be mandatory, but would be the opportunity to put in place a recycling program that many locals and visitors want.

During a Tourist Development Council advisory board meeting, it was noted that a number of visitors arrive from places where recycling is mandatory and a fact of life.

“I think this is the right thing to do for the community,” Yeager said.

The pilot project proposal would be to establish the bins at Salinas Park on Cape San Blas. The area would be open to all residents, but the pilot program targets the Cape and St. Joseph Peninsula due to solid waste issues during tourist seasons.

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