The State of Florida has a goal of achieving a 75% recycling rate by the year 2020. This basically means that 75% of the material that we throw out in our trash should be recycled. Indian River County (IRC) is at a 33% recycling rate now so the transition to single stream recycling is just one of the many ways they are trying work with its residents and local businesses to reach 75% by 2020! While Grove Isle residents have been doing a great job in helping Indian River County’s recycling effort, we need to continue our efforts. Below is a list of guidelines each resident should follow.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
IRC has now changed to a Single Stream Recycling program where all recyclables can be mixed in one container. That means no more sorting! Below is a description of what can and cannot be recycled. This decal is also posted on each blue bin.
Do not put plastic bags or plastic film in the recycling bins. If you transport your recycled articles to the blue bins in plastic bags, empty the bags of recycled articles and discard them in the trash dumpster.
Plastic grocery bags only can be recycled at all Publix stores.
Do not place shredded paper in the recycling bins.
Do not put tires or furniture in the garbage/recycling area.
Styrofoam of any kind should not be placed in the blue bins (see the section on Styrofoam recycling).
Remove all plastic caps on plastic, metal and glass containers. Metal caps should be removed from the containers and recycled loose in the bin.
All recycled material should be rinsed clean and free of any residue contamination (e.g., food, cosmetics, detergents, etc.).
Cardboard boxes must be broken down (laid flat) and no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet in size. If you are unable to do this, see if you can get the help of a neighbor to assist you.
Do not place hazardous waste in garbage or recycling bins. Items such as oil-based paint cans, fluorescent light bulbs, pesticides, automotive or boat batteries can be taken any of the five convenience centers or the main landfill for proper disposal.
Partygoers and volunteers – Donot recycle foam plates or cups, used napkins, plastic bags/wrappings, or any other paper or plastic articles that have food residue on them.
If you have an article that you think is still useable, please do not leave it in garbage/recycling areas. Take it to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or one of the many thrift stores in the area.
Construction debris should not be discarded in any garbage dumpster. If you have a contractor working for you, they must remove any debris from the Grove Isle site. For do-it-yourselfers, you must take it directly to the main landfill on Oslo Road.
Located on the last page of this article are the addresses and directions to the main landfill and convenience centers for your reference.
Metal caps/lids – remove and recycle loose in the bin
No plastic bags or wrap
Labels are okay
Lightly rinse recyclables
NEVER, dispose of needles or "sharps" products with your recyclables
No shredded paper
STYROFOAM RECYCLING IMPORTANT: No Styrofoam of any kind should be placed in the blue bins. Acceptable Styrofoam items (see below) can be taken to the main landfill or one of the county convenience centers. ACCEPTABLE ITEMS
Styrofoam Packaging from: Computer, Furniture, Appliance and other items in White Dimensional Expanded Polystyrene (EPS
No packaging with mailing, shipping labels or tape attached
No contaminated (with food residue) foam trays or carry out containers
No colored egg containers or meat trays
Styrofoam Packaging Peanuts can be dropped off at Pak Mail, 762 S US 1 (Publix Plaza off Oslo Road)
SHARPS DISPOSAL "Sharps" are items that can puncture or penetrate the skin, such as needles, razor blades, etc. Sharps are NOT accepted at the curbside. Please DO NOT put sharps in recycling bin or regular trash.
ELECTRONIC RECYCLING Electronics, including media (i.e., CD’s, DVD’s, tapes and cases), are recycled year round at the main landfill and at all five of the customer convenience centers.
Remember, if your electric or electronic material is still in good working order, please consider giving it a second chance by donating to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or one of the many thrift shops located around the area. DO NOT use your building’s trash/recycling area as a recycling area or thrift shop.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY MAIN LANDFILL AND CONVENIENCE CENTERS
Landfill 1325 74th Ave SW Vero Beach, FL 32968 Open 7 Days per week 7:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed: New Year's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Directions: Take Oslo Road west to 74th Avenue, turn left and then follow signs into landfill.
County Convenience Centers Open 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. All Centers are closed on Wednesday, New Year's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
South Vero Beach: 950 1st Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32962
Closed Wednesday and Thursday
Directions: Take US Highway 1 to 1st Street (first left turn after the Vista Royale stop light); turn left onto 1st Street and go to Old Dixie Highway; turn right onto Old Dixie Highway and then make an immediate left turn onto 1st Place. Entrance to convenience center is approximately ¼ mile down.
Other centers are listed below and a map of their location can be found at the website - //www.ircwaste.com/Convenience_Centers.htm