FORT PIERCE, Fla. — St. Lucie County Solid Waste is launching a pilot program to capture items that do not belong in the single-stream recycling carts.
Through a partnership with the W.R.A.P. Campaign and several other counties throughout Florida, St. Lucie County will have four locations for residents to drop off plastic bags, plastic wrap and film recycling. The goal is to keep plastic bags out of the single-stream carts and provide residents more options to properly dispose of these items other than grocery store drop-offs.
St. Lucie County’s pilot locations are:
- St. Lucie County Solid Waste Baling and Recycling Facility, 6120 Glades Cut-Off Road, Fort Pierce;
- FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Discover Center, 5600 US 1, Fort Pierce;
- The Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie;
- Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie
Plastic bags and other wrap materials are recyclable; however, they can cause damage to the single-stream sorting machines. St. Lucie County will use these pilot sites to collect these materials and properly recycling them.
Items that can go into the W.R.A.P. sites include:
- Plastic shopping bags
- Bread bags
- Bubble wrap
- Clear product wrap such as the wrapping around paper towels or paper plates
- Dry cleaning wraps
- Produce bags
- Drink case wraps
- Pallett and stretch wraps
- Newspaper bags
These sites will not accept six-pack rings or frozen food bags.
Other Florida counties and agencies participating in this pilot program include: Indian River; Leon; Orange; Palm Beach; Seminole; Emerald Coast Utilities Authority; Florid Recycles; Waste Management; the Florida Department of Enviormental Protection and the City of Alachua.
–St. Lucie County