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.
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).
Leaving 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:
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.
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 Eyeingtonold 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 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.