Curbside Residential Recycling Returns to the City of Fort Walton Beach
We are pleased to announce that beginning on June 1, 2015, Curbside recycling returns to our residents! Click here to find out more about the plan, how it will work, who is eligible to participate, and more!
The City of Fort Walton Beach is committed to providing recycling opportunities to our community, while teaching all ages how and why to recycle and care for our local environment. What is Single Stream Recycling? Single-stream recycling is a system in which all recyclables, including newspaper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, junk mail, etc., are placed in a single container. Benefits to Single Stream Recycling Your participation is important to us as we work to make this service successful. National statistics indicate Single Stream Recycling:
- Makes recycling easier for residents;
- Increases residential recycling;
- Decreases trash tonnage;
- Saves our natural resources;
- Keeps reusable items out of our landfills
- Provides the materials needed to make recycled products.
Together we can increase our commitment to recycling.
Once you have gathered your recyclables, you can take them to our Single Stream Recycling drop-off location at the Fort Walton Beach Tennis Center:
Hours of Operation 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
41 West Audrey Drive NW
Reduce and Reuse
Recycling is a fundamentally important concept that often dominates the conversation about how we can help the environment. Two other concepts “Reduce” and “Reuse” actually provide a much higher return for the environment for the effort expended. The City of Fort Walton Beach is committed to taking action beyond recycling by providing tips that you can do at home or at work that will help reduce waste, save energy and help the environment. Reduce Waste prevention, also referred to as “source reduction” mean changing habits to reduce the amount of trash we create every day. Putting “reduce” into practice is one of the best ways to help our City decrease the amount of material that goes to the landfill. Here are a few tips to make less garbage and save money and resources: Shopping with the Environment in Mind
- Buying in bulk is the best way to reduce packaging.
- Avoid purchasing items like juices boxes that have packaging that cannot be recycled.
- Avoid purchasing individually wrapped snacks.
- Avoid buying single use items like paper or plastic plates, cups and disposable silverware.
- Instead of buying that item for a one-time project, can you borrow from a neighbor or rent one?
- Look for products that are durable, can be repaired and have extended warranties.
- Buy recycled.
Reducing Waste at Work
- Go Paperless. Encourage employees to use electronic means to work and communicate.
- If you can’t go paperless, buy recycled paper to cut down on the energy used producing new paper.
- Review drafts and include comments on screen and return them electronically.
- Consider installing the font Spranq (www.ecofont.eu/downloads_en.html). It contains small holes in it that reduces your toner use by 20 percent. Available in Mac and PC formats.
- Scale down mailing lists; better define target audiences.
- Buy refurbished toner cartridges which are just as effective as the new ones.
- Use overhead projectors and whiteboards in meetings instead of handouts.
- Cut down on disposable items. Encourage employees to bring their own mugs, plates, and silverware.
- Pack a no-waste lunch for work.
- Use reusable plastic containers that can be used over and over instead of using disposable plastic sandwich bags.
- Use metal silverware or wash plastic utensils that are used once and thrown away.
- Use cloth napkins that can be washed
Reducing Waste at Home
- Get off junk mail lists. The Direct Marketing Association maintains a free, easy to use one-stop website that allows you to op-out of mail lists you no longer wish to be on. You are required to register for this service at www.dmachoice.org.
- You can also stop mailings of credit card offers by calling toll free 1-888-5-opt-out. Your request will reach the major national credit card bureaus.
- Plan meals and create a list of what you need before you shop to reduce food waste.
- Use washable cloth napkins, sponges and dish cloths.
- Reduce yard waste by Grasscycling. Simply leave the clippings on your lawn instead of disposing of them. Grasscycling saves time and money, is good for the environment and reduces waste.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Purchase refillable items.
- Invest in a set of reusable shopping bags.
- Use plastic stage containers instead of disposable plastic bags.
Reuse is when a product is used again in the same form and for the same purpose. It is one of the best ways to stop waste, and there are many opportunities to put into practice everyday. At the Office
- Set up a place in the office to store and exchange reusable office supplies, such as binders, envelopes and file folders.
- Reuse boxes and other shipping and packaging materials.
- Reuse office equipment. If you choose to upgrade your computer system, consider donating to a charity before throwing it away.
- Reuse old envelopes for interoffice mail.
- Reuse shredded paper for packing.
- Designate a re-use drawer for the printer. Place scrap one-sided print jobs in this drawer to print draft copies on.
- Reuse your blankets and towels. Bring them to a local shelter that will be glad to put them to good use and give animals a soft, warm place to sit.
- Reuse seeds from fruit and vegetables and try to grow them!
- Reuse old clothing by donating it to a local charity.
- Reuse the stuffing from old pillows and comforters into new items. Reuse the pillow covers for rags.
- Reuse used wrapping paper and save it for next year.
- Reuse newspaper, interesting magazines, and other paper products by using them as wrapping paper.
- Never throw away an old book, donate it to a library or to your recycling center, or a school!
- Save stale bread and give it to the birds in the backyard (be sure to rip it small enough so they can eat it!).
- Bring a reuseable mug to the coffee shop.
- Reuse plastic and glass containers for storage and craft items.
Many other sources of on-line information exist on the Three R’s. Check our list of related links to other web sites devoted to recycling. For Cell Phone Recycling: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/electronicdevicerecycling.jsp For Kids: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/actiongames/recycle-roundup/ http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/ For Adults: http://earth911.com/recycling/ http://www.recyclenow.com/