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

 

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 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.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

Solid Waste Authority: Don’t put pool chemicals, pesticides, propane at curb

David Yost, 10, Boynton Beach, competes in the cannonball pool jump during Wacky Water Day sponsored by the City of Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department. Activities included family friendly games like Sponge Bob pass, water shootout, diving for rings and water relay races at the Denson Pool in Boynton Beach, Florida on June 13, 2015. Safe swimming information was also available from the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)
(Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Summer is gearing up and the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County reminds people to be careful what items they put at the curb.

Pool chemicals, pesticides and propane tanks can’t go out with the regular garbage, the Authority says. Instead, they must be taken to one of the Authority’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers, where they can be dropped off for free and will be recycled or disposed of. For hours of operation, go to http://www.swa.orgor call 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO.

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