It has been virtually a 12 months since Flagler Seashore’s rubbish vans stopped selecting up all recycling supplies apart from some carboard and aluminum. Glass, plastics, newspapers and metals have been out. It simply wasn’t value it for the town, the price of recycling having skyrocketed since China stopped absorbing thousands and thousands of tons of recyclables a number of years in the past. 4 months later, the fee had a change of coronary heart. First, it raised rubbish charges 1.17 p.c, with one other 2 p.c charge improve anticipated subsequent 12 months. Then it added a $2-a-month recycling payment to clients’ payments. Then it agreed to purchase a $200,000 glass-crushing machine that may allow residents and companies once more so as to add glass to their recycling bins beginning Could 4.
Sanitation Director Rob Smith had proposed shopping for the machine. Metropolis Supervisor William Whitson backed the proposal and pushed it via the fee. The glass-crushing machine, nicknamed “Large Blue” by the town, will rework residents’ recycled glass into useable merchandise, in accordance with a metropolis launch. The machine pulverizes the recycled glass and creates each glass sand and glass gravel. The merchandise can then be used to fill sandbags, make ornamental panorama mulch, apply to drainage wants and different makes use of.
When the town stopped recycling glass, it didn’t males it stopped gathering it in its rubbish vans. It merely meant that the glass needed to be dumped together with different strange rubbish. Rubbish tipping charges on the dump are set by weight. Glass provides appreciable weight to the entire quantity, and due to this fact tipping payment prices. Final summer season throughout a price range workshop, when commissioners agreed to purchase the $200,000, one of many rationales was that by once more recycling glass and probably diverting massive quantities of it from the dump, it might decrease the town’s whole rubbish weight and thus decrease its tipping charges.