Port St. Lucie recycling now 'single stream', no more separating, just use one big bin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie residents will have an easier time recycling with a new "single stream recycling" program that starts May 1.

That means all of your recyclables go into one cart instead of two separate bins. 

Residents can use the new 64-gallon recycling cart instead of their own blue and green recycling bins. 

The new cart has an attached lid.

The single stream system allows collection and processing for all recyclables. 

Paper, plastics, metals and other containers go through one channel.  The single stream process reduces the carbon footprint and costs. 

The city expects the process will help increase revenue because more people will participate.

Right now, residents pay $22.36 per month for trash pickup twice a week, recycling pickup once a week and yard waste pickup once a week.

The rate will continue through 2020. 

Empty and rinse containers, pie plates and aluminum foil so the items don't become breeding grounds for bacteria. 

Items that have not been emptied cannot be recycled. 

Throw in your glass bottles, jars, aluminum cans, steel or tin cans, empty aerosol cans, drink boxes, milk cartons, juice cartons, aluminum pie plates, aluminum foil, rigid plastic containers, newspapers and inserts, phone books, magazines, catalogs, paperboard boxes like cereal boxes and tissue boxes, flattened cardboard boxes that are cut to fit into your bin, brown paper grocery bags. 

Now, with the new program, you are also able to include additional items in the bin you couldn't recycle before, including pots, pans, metal lids, metal toys, cookie sheets and manual can openers.

Put the cart at least 5 feet from the mailbox with the lid opening facing the road.  If you don't have your new cart yet, call Waste Pro at 772-595-9390.

Hazardous waste and electronic e-waste cannot be picked up with the rest of your household garbage. 

It can be disposed of through the city's annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day or at the county's Bailing and Recycling Facility. 

Computers, televisions and more can be scheduled for a special pickup by Waste Pro and treated as hazardous waste.

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