Palm Beach County Vice Mayor McKinlay now chairs Solid Waste Authority

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Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Melissa McKinlay is the new chair of the Solid Waste Authority’s governing board.

County commissioners who sit as the authority board selected McKinlay Wednesday morning at their regular meeting. The vote was 7-0.

The board then selected as officers two new commissioners; Mack Bernard as vice chair and Dave Kerner as secretary.

Mayor Paulette Burdick had nominated Bernard as authority chair but there was no second. Mary Lou Berger then nominated McKinlay.

McKinlay has been the authority board’s vice chair. She succeeds Hal Valeche, who also has been county vice mayor. By tradition, the county commission’s vice mayor heads the authority’s governing board.

Meetings of the governing board are held every other month at Authority headquarters, 7501 Jog Road, West Palm Beach. Call 561-640-4000 or visit www.swa.org.

Done with that Christmas tree? Stick it at the curb

Solid-Waste-Authority122111-npt-cp-santas-2Right about now, if you haven’t already, you’re stripping the last of the light strings and ornaments off your Christmas tree. Now what?

It’s not complicated. Just place it at the curb, like any other landscape trash, on the scheduled pickup day, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County says.

The authority said that’s for people living outside municipalities; if you live in a city or town, check with its officials for their procedures. If you live in a multi-home community with dumpster service, contact your homeowners association or property management company directly

As a general rule, the authority said, trees can be up to eight feet long — if yours is longer, cut it in half — and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Remember to remove all decorations, lights and tinsel.

The authority said collected Christmas trees are burned in its giant waste-to-energy plants, although some are mulched and used on authority properties.

For more, call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (866-792-4636).

Are you properly disposing of holiday trash? Take Solid Waste Authority quiz

christmas-lightSolid-Waste-AuthorityDo you recycle your Christmas lights? What about ribbons and bows?

Not sure? Take this holiday recycling quiz from the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.

Then let us know how you did. (Some of us not so well.)

 

 

Palm Beach County: You recycled 8 Eiffel Towers

082713-met-recycle-11Solid-Waste-AuthorityLeaving your Palm Beach Post at the curb — after you’ve read every word, of course — continues to pay off.

Residents recycled 816,000 tons of material in the budget year ending Sept. 30, allowing the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County to pass on nearly a half million dollars to area cities, the authority said Friday.

By the way, that 81,600 tons — 163 million pounds — equals the weight of eight Eiffel Towers.

The authority’s Municipal Revenue Share Program rewards its municipal partners, who collect the recyclables, with a portion of proceeds; this year’s total was $497,000. Since the program started in 2010, the authority has distributed nearly $8.5 million to participating cities to use as they wish.

This budget year’s breakdown by municipality, sorted by biggest share since 2010:

Municipality   2016 share Tons since 2010   Share since 2010
Boca Raton $74,255 51,419 $1,262,514
West Palm Beach $71,036 50,668 $1,234,537
Delray Beach $46,230 32,306 $783,413
Palm Beach Gardens $38,788 27,110 $657,485
Jupiter $39,389 27,060 $653,796
Boynton Beach $34,720 24,722 $598,356
Wellington $34,804 24,154 $584,373
Riviera Beach $23,528 17,160 $419,300
Greenacres $22,100 15,750 $383,205
Royal Palm Beach $19,620 13,566 $328,472
Palm Beach $16,260 11,035 $263,862
North Palm Beach $14,158 9,511 $227,791
Palm Springs $12,554 8,192 $195,862
Lantana $6,991 5,278 $133,214
Highland Beach $4,961 3,563 $86,762
Tequesta $4,435 3,155 $76,716
Juno Beach $3,909 2,699 $64,595
Lake Park $4,520 2,665 $61,909
Pahokee $2,631 1,957 $48,004
Hypoluxo $2,481 1,789 $43,494
South Palm Beach $2,180 1,577 $38,368
Lake Clarke Shores $2,180 1,563 $38,143
Ocean Ridge $2,030 1,465 $35,709
Loxahatchee Groves $1,954 1,373 $33,317
Atlantis $1,804 1,306 $31,865
Palm Beach Shores $1,654 1,162 $28,191
Belle Glade $1,495 1,055 $25,552
South Bay $1,353 1,013 $25,029
Haverhill $1,052 739 $17,940
Mangonia Park $977 687 $16,660
Gulf Stream $977 624 $14,711
Briny Breezes $752 528 $12,814
Manalapan $651 318 $7,713
Jupiter Inlet $376 264 $6,408
Village of Golf $226 182 $4,681
Glen Ridge $150 106 $2,563
Cloud Lake $75 53 $1,281

 

Solid Waste Authority board cancels December meeting

Solid-Waste-AuthorityThe governing board of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County has canceled its next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 14. The authority cited a light agenda and the busy holiday season. It often calls off its December meeting, managing director Dan Pellowitz said Wednesday.

The next meeting is Feb. 8.

County Commissioners sitting as the governing board meet every other month at the authority’s headquarters, 7501 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach.

Boogie on and recycle that eight-track!

mnde-travolta-dancing-jpgSolid-Waste-AuthorityLeave it to the folks who recycle many of your throwaways to invoke the image of the eight-track tape player.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County can recycle many of the electronic items that have been sitting in your attic along with those lava lamps and leisure suits, as well as any you’ve gathered in the ensuing years.

Accepted items include audio/visual equipment such as VCRs, and stereos; cellphones and rechargeable batteries; computer central processing units (CPUs) and monitors; laptops; accessories such as keyboards, mouse devices, printers and scanners; televisions; telephones and FAX machines; and even holiday lights.

To recycle items, don’t leave them at the curb; instead take them to one of the authority’s seven recycling Centers. Large quantities might require special disposal; call ahead.

The authority will sort the items and a private contractor will haul them off. Any useful components are processed for reuse; the rest is shredded, with the materials separated by type and recycled into new products.

For more, visit the authority’s electronics recycling web page or call 561-687-1100.

 

Solid Waste Authority: post-Matthew pickups should catch up by weekend

Wind blows coconut trees during the pas(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Garbage and yard trash pickup, backlogged by preparations Solid-Waste-Authorityfor Hurricane Matthew, should be caught up by this weekend, staff told Tuesday’s meeting of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County‘s governing board.

The authority reported last week that volume was about 40 percent higher the Monday and Tuesday after Matthew’s Oct. 6 near-miss than it was for Sept 26-27, before the storm became a threat.

The authority said Matthew knocked down a lot of vegetation but that people also took the opportunity during preparation and cleanup to do mini-spring cleanings. The problem grew geometrically when pickups were canceled for Oct. 6-7.

Matthew generated about one day’s worth of additional garbage and three to four days of additional yard trash, Chief Operating Officer Mark Eyeington old county commissioners sitting Tuesday as the authority’s board.

“We’re slowly getting back to normal,” John Archambo, the authority’s director of customer relations, told the board. He said garbage pickups are caught up and yard pickups should catch up by Saturday.

The authority board also voted Tuesday to renew for one year its $250,000-a-year agreement with the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General.

And it agreed to a 3.5 percent merit raise for Mark Hammond, executive director for the past nine years. He currently earns $199,971.

Palm Beach County put out 40 percent more trash for Matthew

Wind blows coconut trees during the passage of Hurricane Matthew in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Hurricane Matthew roared into the southwestern coast of Haiti on Tuesday, threatening a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with devastating storm conditions as it headed north toward Cuba and the eastern coast of Florida. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
 (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

pbg SWA 1The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County says volume on Monday and Tuesday was some 40 percent higher than the average for Sept 26-27, before Hurricane Matthew became a threat. It bypassed South Florida Oct. 6.

The figures are for all garbage, including household trash, large items such as furniture or appliances, and yard trash, the authority said.

“All of the fallen trees, branches, palm fronds and other yard waste generated by Hurricane Matthew have created a lot more yard waste than usual. In addition, residents appear to be throwing away larger items from their garages and yards they may have moved or stored during their storm preparation, but may now feel they don’t need or want any longer,” the authority said in a release.

On top of that, the authority said, regular collections were canceled on Thursday and Friday, causing a backlog.

The authority said all garbage pickup should be back to normal by next week but it might be another week or two before that pile of yard trash at your curb is hauled off.

Call the authority’s customer service line at 561-697-2700 or 866-792-4636.

Solid Waste Authority to auction items Saturday

pbg SWA 1If you ever have wanted your own Freightliner road tractor, here’s your chance.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will auction off surplus equipment Saturday, Oct. 15.

The auction starts 9 a.m., rain or shine. It’s at the entrance to the Authority’s main landfill, at 6890 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach.

On the block: tractors, transfer trailers, heavy equipment, generators, pickup trucks, vans and other items.

They’ll be sold as-is to the highest bidder, regardless of price. No buyer’s premium, minimums and or reserves. You may bid on line. You must remove items by 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

Click here for a photo sneak peak of auction items

Click here for a full list or call 561-427-0520.

Click here for a complete catalog, including mileage, hours, photos and video

 

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County OKs 2016-2017 budget

Solid-Waste-AuthorityThe board of the Solid Waste Authority approved at its meeting Wednesday a nearly $280 million 2016-2017 budget in which the annual trash-disposal fee that all homeowners in Palm Beach County are assessed would remain unchanged in 2016-2017.

For 2015-2016, the authority — county commissioners sit as its governing board — had dropped the assessment for a single-family household from $175 to $170, a reduction of about 3 percent from the previous year. That rate will be unchanged for 2016-2017.

Rates also will be unchanged this year for commercial customers, who saw a 5 percent to 6 percent decrease for 2015-2016 from 2014-2015.

Wednesday’s vote was 6-0. Commissioner Steven Abrams, who also serves on the county’s canvassing board, had warned that his duties in relation to Tuesday’s election might force him to miss Wednesday’s meeting.

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