In recognition of kicking off America Recycles Day, November 15th, it seems like a fitting time to celebrate the achievements we have all made right here at home. With the public’s proactive contributions and the city’s resources, St. Augustine has created ways to become a more sustainable city and enhance its livability. You can do your part by practicing the 3 R’s: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. Visit the Solid Waste web pages for acceptable materials, events & waste reduction tips.
The City’s Solid Waste, Sanitation & Recycling Division, managed under the Public Works Department have worked for several years towards a green goal of diversion. Some highlights are, the mandatory recycling efforts for events hosted at Francis Field. Also, bringing recycling programs to many of the tourist attractions within the City limits, such as not but not limited to: The Fountain of Youth, The Lighthouse, Ripley’s, The Fort, The Visitor Center and The Alligator Farm. In addition, the department has strategically placed free drop-off recycling dumpsters in various parts of the downtown, North City and Island areas to assist with increased participation and collection. These locations are serviced daily, due to the heavy volumes of clean, mixed recycling.
The Solid Waste Division currently manages recycling programs for over 185 commercial businesses, collecting an estimate 130 tons of material per month and growing. The staff also collects weekly curbside recyclables from residents, at an impressive 120 tons per month.
A few other fun projects have been the “sustainable St Augustine Christmas Float” that took 1st place in the 2014 Christmas Parade, workshops at local schools, street sweeper broom recycling which gives to new life to the brooms for cattle ranchers out west, tire recycling and Electronic waste programs.
This success has been possible because of the residents, business owners, visitors and staff who pledge to make St. Augustine a more sustainable place to live and enjoy!