Jacksonville chides recyclers for doing it wrong
Lenny Curry goes off-script on recycling.

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'We are providing citizens with personalized feedback and raising awareness.'

Tag, you’re it: that’s the message from a new recycling information campaign from the city of Jacksonville.

The Lenny Curry administration is rolling out “The Recycling Partnership’s Feet on the Street” initiative, a “cart-tagging” effort which a media release from the city contends will “improve the quality of recycling in single-stream curbside recycling bins by providing residents personalized and real-time curbside recycling education and feedback.”

“Even the most ambitious and well-meaning recycler can unintentionally put something that shouldn’t be placed in the cart,” Mayor Curry said.

“Unfortunately, this costs taxpayer money, can damage our recycling facilities, and requires additional sorting and dumping of materials that cannot be recycled. Through the Feet on the Street Campaign, we are providing citizens with personalized feedback and raising awareness of what can and cannot be recycled. Together, we can ensure that our city recycles and recycles right,” Curry added.

The program’s goal is to ensure “items that are accepted for recycling that are empty, clean and dry, so they can circulate back into the recycling system to become new products or packaging.”

To that end, the city will employ “a comprehensive education and outreach strategy that involves a team of community-based observers visiting each resident’s cart and providing personalized and real-time feedback on how to improve what items should be in the cart.”

This program has been implemented in 70 cities, and it’s worked in some of them. The city claims “some communities (are) seeing a 57% decrease of nonrecyclables in recycling and a 27% increase in the overall capture of quality recyclables.”

Recycling has been a recurrent pain point for the city during Curry’s second term, with local leaders taking the unprecedented step in 2021 of pausing curbside collections, urging locals to take the materials and drop them off at city parks, a move that had calamitous results.

Back then, Mayor Curry chided people for incorrect sorting of materials. He also urged people not to dump garbage on the steps of City Hall out of “frustration,” noting that is, in fact, illegal.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


3 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 20, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    People are doing their recycling all wrong and they’re doing it out in public where children can see their wrongdoings. If eight Maga-bubbas agree, any of these folks would face execution .

  • Dot Garcia

    April 20, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    Why is it that some apartment complex has stopped all recycling? Why is it we pay for pickup on Recycling but most of the Containers are ready to be recycled. I don’t understand nor do most people want to Recycle and have the Trucks destroy the Bins.That’s is how the bins got destroyed.

  • J. A. Jordan

    April 21, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Most in my new development don’t even have recycle bins even though we all called the city to get them when we moved in. I have been waiting 8 months. What is taking so long? We wnat to do the right thing but haven’t been given the means to do it.

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