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The City of St. Augustine will host a special, free community recycle event on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 9:00am-1:00pm, at the Solid Waste Facility, located at 601 Riberia Street.
In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the City is offering an opportunity for City utility customers to shred documents (5 box limit per resident), recycle outdated or broken electronic devices, and dispose of used cooking oil. You can watch as your documents are shredded on-site. No TVs, hazardous waste, or motor oil will be accepted.
“There is no better way to recognize ‘America Recycles Day’ than with a community recycling event,” said Olivia Smith, Solid Waste Manager. “Last year, we diverted 8,160 pounds of paper, five gallons of cooking oil, and five pallets of electronics from the landfill. This year, I challenge our residents to help keep our coastal ecosystem thriving by bringing in more than that! As we are approaching the holiday season, I also ask our residents to do their part in maintaining the City’s wastewater system and remember to keep FOG out of the drains.”
Did you know that improperly disposing of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain can clog pipes and cause costly sewage backups in your home and in the public sewer system? While waiting for the recycling event, remember to pour small quantities of fats, oils, and grease into a heat-safe container, cool it or freeze it, then seal and set it aside so it can be easily saved and safely transported for disposal delivery. This includes any used cooking oil, such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, deep-fryer oil, etc. Using a heat-safe container will avoid any mishaps with the container melting or shattering.
And what about those old electronics? Outdated and broken “E-waste” (electronic devices) such as computers, printers, laptops, and cell phones are accepted, as well. See the complete list below:
Throughout the year, the City of St. Augustine accepts recyclable materials daily during regular business hours. You may take e-waste to the Solid Waste Facility, located at 501 Riberia St., and cooking oil to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 601 Riberia St.
For more information, contact Glabra Skipp, City of St. Augustine Environmental Program Supervisor via email or 904.825.1055; Olivia Smith, Solid Waste Manager, via email or 904.825.1049.
Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email.