Then let us know how you did. (Some of us not so well.)
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|
|West Palm Beach||$71,036||50,668||$1,234,537|
|Palm Beach Gardens||$38,788||27,110||$657,485|
|Royal Palm Beach||$19,620||13,566||$328,472|
|North Palm Beach||$14,158||9,511||$227,791|
|South Palm Beach||$2,180||1,577||$38,368|
|Lake Clarke Shores||$2,180||1,563||$38,143|
|Palm Beach Shores||$1,654||1,162||$28,191|
|Village of Golf||$226||182||$4,681|
The 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.
The 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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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.