By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- The City of Fort Pierce and Waste Management hosted a "First Truck" ceremony to mark the opening of its new $1.5 million Fort Pierce Transfer Station at 3890 Selvitz Road on July 16.
The event kicked-off the city's new Single-Stream Cart recycling program and is open to the public.
Approximately 5,000, 64-gallon blue carts on wheels are currently being delivered to Fort Pierce households to expand recycling capacity and collection at the new facility.
"Residents will receive their carts in stages; originally it was anticipated that it would take three years to implement the program City wide," said Anne Satterlee, communications and marketing manager with the city of Fort Peirce.
"With help from our partners at Waste Management all eligible residents should have Single Stream Recycling Carts within one year of our July 16 kickoff."
The Waste Management Fort Pierce Transfer Station can accept up to 150 tons of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, recyclables and bulk materials for sorting and transfer.
"The city has absorbed the recycling responsibilities without adding any additional staff," Ms. Satterlee. "Initially, Waste Management will add two new positions to operate the transfer station and anticipate having six total once daily usage increases."
Fort Pierce residents can put all recyclables into the blue carts including cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, boxboard and paper cartons, plastic bottles and containers, steel and aluminum cans, and glass bottles and jars. Remaining waste will be transported to Waste Management's Okeechobee Landfill for disposal.
"Residents can refuse a cart, however, once the carts have been delivered to a neighborhood the city will no longer be picking up recyclable materials in the dual stream bins that residents currently have. All eligible residents will continue to be charged the $2.70 a month recycling fee," said Ms. Satterlee.