Okaloosa extends pilot recycling program, may become countywide

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

Commissioners said they support a rate cut and want the county staff to take the time to reach a deal.

“I think we need to walk through this cautiously and do it the right way so our citizens get benefits from this,” Commissioner Wayne Harris said.

Commissioner Nathan Boyles, who was sworn in at the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, said the county must “be careful to look at the numbers” as it moves forward to secure an agreement that is best for residents’ long-term interest.

 “If we can take steps to move towards a recycle-type mentality … we could save ourselves substantial problems down the road,” he said.

Hofstad said Waste Management expects to present the county with a “best and final offer” sometime in the next few weeks.

 “Our goal is to have it resolved by the end of the year,” he added.

If the county decides not to amend Waste Management’s contract and implement the new recycling program, the next opportunity would be in 2016 when the contract expires.



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