Walton goes to major efforts to recycle

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 02:02 PM.

'Do we need pickup?'

Walton County is different from its neighboring counties in that sanitation is paid for through a half-cent sales tax.

While Svehla admits that curbside recycling pickup would encourage more folks to do their part, it's difficult to create regulations for such a diverse area.

"We have a pretty good population of tourists and transients, and several condos and HOAs already pay a third party for recycling pickup," he explained. "Do we need pickup if we're already recycling?"

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Homeowners Association piloted a recycling pickup program in late 2011. With more than 4,000 homeowners, only about 500 of the recycling bins were used.

"Five hundred sounds like a lot, but out of 4,000, it really isn't," explained Victoria Klamerus, assistant executive director for Sandestin HOA. "A lot of our residents are not permanent and didn't feel it would be worth it and Waste Management would need a certain percentage of participation to keep the costs low."

Daily, Sandestin employees pick up resident’s trash and bring it to a single location where Waste Management can pick it up in a single swoop.

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