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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Jackson County Recycling Program Earns State Recognition

Local Recycling Program wins two coveted State awards.

Director Chuck Hatcher, Business Manager Jim Wunderly and the staff of the Jackson County Parks & Recycling Department wish to thank everyone in Jackson County for your continued participation in our recycling program. Because of you they feel their program was the recipient of two awards for this past year.
The first was for the Most Outstanding Small County recycling program in the state. This award was given because of the amount and types of material recycled throughout the year. Our local recycling program increased by 64% over previous years of operation, and although economic times are a little difficult right now, it looks like they will be close to maintaining that level of recycling for this year.
The second award was for the Most Improved Household Hazardous Waste Program in the state. In years past, the County could provide one amnesty day event a year. It was realized that this was just not enough time for our residents to get rid of Household Hazardous Materials. Through the vision and support of the County Commissioners, a Household Hazardous Material temporary storage building was purchased with the assistance of State DEP funds, and a program instituted whereby you can now bring your materials any time during the week along with adding a second amnesty day event during the year. These events are scheduled once in the spring and then again in the fall of the year. Last year the department recovered over a total of 90,000 pounds of Household Hazardous materials for both events. They now have the ability to receive these materials 5 days a week between the hours of 8:0m and 2:00pm.
Because of your increased awareness for recycling and its benefits to our environment, they have also been able to start several new programs at the recycling center. The recycling function is now able to take all your rechargeable batteries, all metals and white goods, printer ink cartridges regardless of brand, and all electronics. They are also able to provide a free disposal service for those heat and air conditioning thermostats containing mercury glass switches. This mercury switch disposal service is offered to private individuals and all businesses. These items can be brought to the Recycling center located at 3530 Wiley Dr., Marianna, between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm. And best of all, right now all of this is done at no charge to the public.
Just give them a call at 850-718-0437 and they will answer any questions you may have about any of their many programs.

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