Recycling Info

Climate Change Affects Tampa in a Big Way

Read the details from a Tampa Bay Business Journal article by Margie Manning on how Heat will cause more deaths. 


Attention St. Pete Residents: Universal Curbside Recycling Coming Soon!

This summer, the city of St. Petersburg begins a Universal Curbside Recycling program for residential customers. Visit the City of St. Petersburg's website for further information.


Pinellas County Solid Waste Recycling & Disposal info

 A to Z Guide 

Comprehensive A to Z Guide now includes over 350 items! Find out how to recycle or safely dispose of just about anything in Pinellas County.
Recycle Today

You can access the directory through the free Pinellas County app that is now available on Apple App Store, Google Play or go to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile/app

2015 Pinellas County Recycling Directory page provides plenty of information:
  • Local Recycling Programs 
  • Recycling Guidelines
  • Pinellas County Recycling Map
  • Electronics & Chemicals
  • Business Waste Reduction
  • Free Recycled Mulch
  • 2015 Recycling Events
Not sure if you can recycle that food or beverage carton with the plastic lid? You bet you can! Food and beverage cartons are accepted at all of the recycling centers that accept mixed containers. Just place them in the receptacle that accepts plastic bottles and aluminum & tin cans.

Recycling Makes Sense: Go Green

Florida generates over 29 million tons of solid waste per year. If you're the typical Florida resident, you throw away 10 pounds of trash a day. There are numerous reasons to recycle, but have you ever wondered how exactly recycling helps fight climate change? The group, Californians Against Waste, offers a good summary:

“Recycling reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in two important ways. First, recycling keeps materials out of the landfill. Landfills are designed to be anaerobic, meaning that once waste has been dumped very little air remains below the surface. Landfill gas is generated as a byproduct of the digestion of organic materials by organisms that thrive in these anaerobic conditions.

Food waste, paper, grass, and other organic matter is readily digested and turned into landfill gas, which is 50 percent methane.  While most modern landfills are required to capture some of their methane emissions, significant quantities continue to escape into the atmosphere.

Recycling also reduces GHG emissions by reducing the need to continually mine and refine 
virgin resources for product production.
  Everyday consumer products, such as an aluminum soda, can are made from resources mined from the earth, transported great distances, and eventually processed with industrial machinery requiring massive energy inputs. This all results in significant GHG emissions. Recycling one ton of aluminum cans results in four tons of GHG reductions.” http://www.cawrecycles.org/issues/ghg/why_recycling. 

Most of the metals that we use every day are easily recyclable.  In fact, processing recycled metals into new items often requires much less energy than making new metal from raw materials.  What about glass? Yes! Glass can be recycled into new glass containers quite efficiently.  And paper? Yep, paper is highly recyclable. Plastic? Meh... it's complicated. Check out Joanna Poncavage's article in Mother Earth News. In short, it is better to reduce and reuse plastics than to assume they can all be easily recycled. 

For more detailed information see what the EPA has to say about this issue: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/waste/generalinfo.html  



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