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 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.

Trimming your tree in advance of storm? Don’t do it.

101712 palms 01Planning to trim your trees in advance of this weekend’s possible storm? It’s too late.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is urging people not to trim trees or do major yard or construction projects until the threat passes. The reason: the authority might not be able to get to all those piles of yard trash, and if the storm comes, they’ll be piles of potential missiles.

For more, call the authority at 561-697-2700 or visit its special hurricane page.