Okaloosa extends pilot recycling program, may become countywide

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Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Okaloosa County commissioners on Tuesday voted to extend through December a pilot program that increases recycling and decreases garbage collection.

The program started in February in the neighborhoods of Poquito Bayou, Longwood and unincorporated Shalimar.

County commissioners are considering implementing the program countywide.

Public Works Director John Hofstad told commissioners that he and his staff still are negotiating with Waste Management to amend its current contract with the county.

“We continue to hammer away with Waste Management to try and structure a deal,” he said. “We’re not quite there.”

Under the new program, solid waste customers would swap their 18-gallon curbside recycling bins for 96-gallon rolling cans. Household garbage pickup would drop from twice a week to once a week, and three different trucks would collect garbage, recycling and yard waste on the same day.

Hofstad assured commissioners that any amendment to Waste Management’s contract would have to include “a significant rate reduction” for customers or it wouldn’t happen.

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