Walton goes to major efforts to recycle

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

Residents bring their recyclables to the one and only bin in the resort, which is filled frequently. Some utilize the blue bags, which are recognized by sanitation and brought to the recycling bin.

The blue bags stemmed from a program the county tried before the current system.

"It was intended for sanitation workers to separate the trash and recycling," Svehla said. "But then some people started using them as free trash bags, which defeated the purpose."

The recycling bins placed throughout North and South Walton totaled more than 585 tons of recyclable items in 2013. The county also offers residents the opportunity to drop off at the landfill. For larger items, the county hosts amnesty and community clean up days, to pick up items such as household chemicals, tires, computers, furniture, appliances and more.

Looking ahead

When asked on Facebook, many Walton County residents were in favor of curbside recycling pickup, complaining that dragging their bags of recyclables was a burden. But do they know that Walton County does most of the heavy lifting for them?

"I know we have had numerous news stories about what we are doing at the landfill, but if people do not read them or see them, it is hard to get that message out," Svehla said. "Many, I believe, may also be skeptical that we are actually doing what we say we are doing."

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