Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County's Only Plastics Recycling Bin Removed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

County's Only Plastics Recycling Bin Removed

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Byline: AMELIA A. HART

FERNANDINA BEACH -- Locals who don't want to throw their plastic bottles and jugs out with the garbage will have to find someplace to store them for now.

The only plastics recycling bin in Nassau County has been removed from its location near Publix in the Island Walk Shopping Center on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach.

Keep Nassau Beautiful Executive Director Todd Duncan said he's talking with Stateline Disposal, the city's current waste provider, and Nassau County officials in hopes of relocating the bin to near one of the county's recycling drop-off sites.

Upkeep of the bin fell by the wayside during a recent reshuffle of waste haulers in Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, Duncan said.

Duncan said the bin originally was installed by Fernandina Beach, which used to do its own waste management. The plastics bin was in addition to curbside glass and paper recycling provided by the city, he said.

Fernandina Beach privatized its garbage collection in 2003. Waste Management, which took over operations, added plastics to the curbside recycling service, Duncan said.

However, to assist county residents who didn't have curbside recycling, Duncan said, he lobbied for Nassau County to enter into a separate agreement with Waste Management to haul away plastics dropped off in the bin.

After a company reorganization, Waste Management opted not to do business in Nassau County anymore, but donated the plastics recycling bin to Keep Nassau Beautiful.

However, as various officials negotiated with Stateline Disposal, which picked up Waste Management's old contracts in Nassau County, including with Fernandina Beach, nobody told Stateline about the plastics bin, Duncan said. Stateline continues to offer the same curbside glass, paper and plastics recycling that Waste Management did, he said.

"It [the bin] kind of fell in the cracks," Duncan said. …

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