City of St. Augustine celebrates recycling

The City of St. Augustine announced to Historic City News local reporters that they have teamed up with Advanced Disposal to bring America Recycles Day to every home and business we serve.

Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day.

More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs. One day to inform and educate. One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Recycling should be a part of everyday life – for everyone.

Recyclable Items for the City of St. Augustine:

Plastic food, beverage, detergent bottles and jugs
Metal cans
Pill bottles
Aluminum cans
Water bottles
Glass bottles (green, brown and clear)
Glass jars (green, brown and clear)
Telephone books
Newspapers and inserts
Corrugated cardboard
Brown paper bags
Copy paper
Office paper
Shredded paper in paper bag
File folders
Junk mail
File or packing boxes
Cereal boxes
Brown or gray fiber packages (soda cartons, dry food packages, etc.)

Recycle Drop Center
In addition, the City of St. Augustine provides recycle drop-off bins located at 601 Riberia St.

When we each do our part it really makes a difference. Did you know?

• According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling one ton of aluminum cans saves the energy equivalent of 36 barrels of oil or 1,655 gallons of gasoline.

• In 2008, Americans recycled 61 million tons of paper, cans and bottles and composted another 22 million tons of yard waste, for a total of 83 million tons. This total amount of waste recovered for recycling or composting is an increase from 69.3 million tons in 2000, 33.2 million tons in 1990, and 14.5 million tons in 1980. (EPA)

• According to the National Recycling Coalition, it requires 40 percent less energy to make paper from recycled paper than it does to make paper from fresh lumber.

For more information on recycling in St. Augustine or to request a recycling bin, call the Dept. of Public Works at 825.1040 during regular business hours.

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