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Okaloosa County hears residents loud and clear regarding recycling

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Okaloosa County hears residents loud and clear regarding recycling
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Recycling Recap
There has been a lot happening since last Tuesday when Get The Coast republished the initial video of Commissioner Boyles and Commissioner Fountain talking on a Facebook live video about the future of recycling in Okaloosa County.
To help keep you up-to-speed on everything, here is a quick recap.
TUESDAY: The viral recycling video is released
The future of recycling in Okaloosa County is a landfill
The future of recycling in Okaloosa County is a landfill
Okaloosa County trash and recycling will still pick up as usual. Except now, both trash and recycling cans will go to a landfill.
Here’s the deal: Okaloosa County has a recycling contamination rate of approximately 25%. That means households don’t know what they should really be putting in the recycling cans, and are inadvertently contaminating what could by recycled.
In addition, this isn’t just an Okaloosa County problem. Countries like China aren’t buying the recyclable materials like they once were causing a shift in that market.
3 options: The commissioners were presented with 3 options. In a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Boyles casting the lone ‘No’, Okaloosa County will now collect trash and recycling but both cans will go to the same landfill.
In the video above, Commissioner Nathan Boyles and Commissioner Graham Fountain talk about that decision from last Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY: The actual Commissioner’s meeting where the decision happened published
Okaloosa County Commissioners vote on the state of recycling
Okaloosa County Commissioners vote on the state of recycling
Once the video starting gaining speed on Facebook, we released the video above that shows the original meeting where the Okaloosa County Commissioners were presented with the 3 options for recycling moving forward in the county.
Here are comments from Commissioners Graham, Boyles and Ketchel after Public Works Director Jason Autrey presents them with the options.
Note: This is a shortened version of the entire 20 minute agenda.
County issues official statement
Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners issued a statement regarding the recycling situation
FRIDAY: Back to back interviews
Commissioner Nathan Boyles talks the future of recycling in Okaloosa County
Commissioner Nathan Boyles talks the future of recycling in Okaloosa County
Commissioner Nathan Boyles talks the future of recycling in Okaloosa County
After reading through the 800+ comments and seeing that there were so many questions from the public, I reached out to Commissioner Boyles to see if he would come by Get The Coast and chat with me on camera.
He did.
On Friday we released that interview and here’s what we discussed:
  • Background on county recycling
  • Pricing change for commodities
  • Does Okaloosa County actually recycle now
  • Would $1/mo keep existing services
  • Recycling education
  • + lots more!
Okaloosa County Public Works Director talks recycling decision
Okaloosa County Public Works Director talks recycling decision
Okaloosa County Public Works Director talks recycling decision
Next up: I then had the opportunity to sit down with Jason Autrey, Public Works Director for Okaloosa County.
Jason talked more about the 3 Recycling Options he presented to the Board.
  • Why the $1/mo increase could also increase
  • Why this was largely a financial decision
  • Methane Gas collection at landfill
  • Better recycling education
  • + more
City of Fort Walton Beach agrees to continue recycling program
The County has heard the public
County Commissioners to host a public recycling meeting and listening session
Coastal Community Cleanup
Shifting a bit: Local non-profit Coastal Community Cleanup has been consistently been raising awareness of the importance of recycling and reducing single-use plastics.
On Sunday morning, the org held their first roadside cleanup on their adopted a portion of Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island.
“We had 11 volunteers and gathered 180 lbs. of trash in 3 hours. We weren’t allowed in the median, for safety reasons, but picked up a lot of styrofoam, straws, plastic bottles, caps, paper, aluminum cans and cigarette butts.”
Ok, that’s all I have for you this morning! Hope you have a great Monday and we will talk tomorrow!
Jared
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