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Thursday, July 15, 2010

JCO Recycling Does It Again

The Jackson County commissioners on Tuesday recognized their recycling program personnel for receiving the Florida Today Award for “Outstanding County or City Program (Rural).

Jim Wunderly, business manager, recycling; Bill McKinnie, Ron Jeter and Eddie Maybon, environmental service techs; Nate Williams, NCBA training employee; Parks and Recycling Director Chuck Hatcher and Commission Chairman Jeremy Branch.

Jackson County Recycling

“Does It Again” By Sid Riley

Jackson County’s recycling program, under the direction of Chuck Hatcher, has once again received state recognition. The local recycling program was deemed as “Outstanding County or City Rural Program”, by the state Recycle Florida Today organization. They have received this award two out of the past three years. Our local organization beat out 33 other rural counties for the designation.

Even though the funding for the program was cut by some $200,000 in reduced state grants, the local program continued to function normally, and even demonstrated achieving 64% in increases in recycling activities despite the funding cuts. This year approximately 957 tons of materials will be recycled through the Jackson County Recycling Department.

The Jackson County Parks and Recycling Program was also recognized in 2009 as the NAHMMA “Most Improved Household Hazardous Waste Program” for the entire state of Florida. They were nominated for the same award nationally.

Hatcher praises the staff for their hard work and the County Commission and administration for their ongoing support of the recycling programs.

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