Mark “America Recycles Day” Saturday at Solid Waste Authority

082713-met-recycle-11Every day should be America Recycles Day, but the official day is Saturday, and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is marking the day with a free event from 8 a.m. to noon at its Education Center, 6751 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.

People will be able to watch garbage get burned and turned into energy, and household hazardous wastes get safely recycled, and will watch identities protected by shredding of personal documents.

Families will have the opportunity to sort recyclables on an interactive touch table line, see a 9-ton claw feed trash into a machine at Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility, and be witness to how much garbage Palm Beach County residents throw away.

The authority also is offering free on-site shredding of up to six boxes of personal documents per vehicle, and will hand out free blue and yellow recycling bins to Palm Beach County residents who need them.

Participants also can bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

And from  7 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can bring home chemicals for proper recycling or disposal to the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, about a mile south at 6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.