WALTON COUNTY — The Walton County Solid Waste Department announced Tuesday that residents can still drop off recyclables at any of the 30 recycling trailers across the county, as well as at the DeFuniak Spring landfill.

Last week, 30A Recycle, a private curbside recycling service, announced it had suspended pickup of recyclable waste because the company could no longer can find a buyer for plastic. Company founder Tony Bucher issued a statement that said since the Walton County recycling center in DeFuniak Springs “is not accepting plastic for recycling at this time,” 30A Recycle is temporarily suspending its pickup.

However, according to a press release from the Walton Board of County Commissioners, the Walton County Landfill continues to accept the same items from county residents that it has in the past, excluding glass.

Currently, the market for recyclables is down, according to the press release. China is the world’s largest importer of recycled plastic, paper and scrap metal. At the beginning of the year, China placed restrictions on the import of 24 different types of waste products from foreign countries. The restrictions went into full effect March 1. These restrictions have created a global effect on the recyclable market.

The downturn in the commodity recycling market has reached Walton County, the press release said.

“Currently, we have over 50 bales of plastic stored at the landfill and we are continuing to recover and bale plastic from our recycling operation,” said Billy McKee, Walton County Solid Waste Manager. “Due to the market conditions, the outlook for plastic is not good at this time, however, we continue to look for alternate markets and are hopeful that we can find a buyer in the near future.”

While the commodity markets for recyclables is trending down, Walton County remains committed to accepting recyclables now and in the future, the release said.

Per Florida law, counties with populations of less than 100,000 permanent residents are required to provide residents with the “opportunity to recycle." Counties with populations of more than 100,000 are required to establish a recycling program with a goal of recycling recyclable solid waste by 75 percent by 2020.

The recycling trailers accepts plastic bottles, aluminum cans, mixed paper and cardboard. The landfill accepts those as well as scrap metal, electronics, appliances, brush and yard waste, and more. For more information on Walton County's recycling programs, visit www.co.walton.fl.us/200/Recycling or call the department at (850) 892-8180.