State goal is to recycle or compost 75 percent of waste by 2020

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

North Crestview resident Rita Katz said that her family has only needed to wheel a trash bin to the street once every two weeks since they began composting and recycling.

"I wish we had one of the big recycling bins," she said. "The little green tub doesn't hold enough."

Nearly three quarters of waste generated by a typical home can be recycled, Farmer said.

Apart from plastic bags and Styrofoam, "everything else is recyclable," she said.

What goes in the recycle bin?

All recyclable items — including phone books, newspaper, glass, flattened cardboard, aluminum cans and metal containers — can go in one tub, Waste Management District Manager Domenica Farmer said. Rinsing out containers is unnecessary; some residue is expected.

Food waste, plastic bags, plastic containers and packing material are not recyclable, she said.

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