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County to offer more places to recycle office paper, cardboard, newspapers

NEW PORT RICHEY — County commissioners approved a new program Wednesday to give people more places to recycle old newspapers and cardboard.

Neither of those items can go in the blue curbside recycling bags that people use for bottles and cans. Under the new program, though, residents can put their newspapers and cardboard in industrial-sized Greenfiber bins at 25 sites across the county, mostly at fire stations, libraries and parks.

"Even though it's not part of the curbside program, it's offering more convenience, more drop-offs, to our citizens," said county recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney. "And it gets more into the recycling stream."

People will be able to recycle newspapers, cardboard boxes and mixed office paper or junk mail in the Greenfiber bins, which should go up in the next 30 days or so.

Pasco schools have a similar program that collected 835 tons of paper over a five-month period last year. Most of those sites collect between 2 and 3 tons of paper a month, which Seney said is a good goal for the county program.

Ohio-based Greenfiber LLC, which was awarded the contract, will be able to sell the paper as a commodity. The county will get a 20 percent cut of the proceeds and could get a higher rate for sites that collect more than 2,500 pounds per month.

If the county sites collect as much paper as the school sites, the county could earn at least $16,000 a year at current prices.

The money will be set aside for facilities projects at the county's emergency services department, parks and libraries. Though it's not a huge chunk of change, Seney said it's nothing to scoff at in a lean budget time.

"It sounds like a little bit, but it could be the difference between them being able to keep things in shape around the library," she said.

The contract with Greenfiber runs through September 2013 and could be extended for another year.

Within the next month, officials plan to install industrial-sized Greenfiber bins at the following locations to collect paper and cardboard for recycling:

DADE CITY

• John S. Burks Memorial Park, 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City

• East Pasco Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., Dade City

HOLIDAY

• J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd., Holiday

HUDSON

• Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson

• Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson

• Arthur Engle Memorial Park, 11601 Denton Ave., Hudson

LAND O'LAKES/LUTZ

• Fire Station 23, 21300 State Road 54, Lutz

• Fire Station 37, 18015 State Road 54, Lutz

• Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes

• Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes

• Land O'Lakes Community Park, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes

ODESSA

• Fire Station 15, 2036 Chesapeake Dr., Odessa

• Odessa Community Park, 1627 Chesapeake Dr., Odessa

PORT RICHEY

• Fire Station 14, 7800 River Ridge Blvd., Port Richey

• Fire Station 17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., Port Richey

• Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY

• County storage facility, 5418 Sunset Road, New Port Richey

• Mitchell Park, 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey

• Facilities Management department, 7220 Osteen Road, New Port Richey

SHADY HILLS

• Shady Hills Community Center, 15840 Greenglen Lane, Shady Hills

WESLEY CHAPEL

• Fire Station 26, 28229 Aronwood Blvd., Wesley Chapel

• Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road, Wesley Chapel

ZEPHYRHILLS

• Fire Station 16, 34335 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills

• New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills

• Samuel Pasco Recreation Complex, 39835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills



Within the next month, officials plan to install industrial-sized Greenfiber bins at these locations to collect paper, including newspapers, and cardboard for recycling:

Dade City

• John S. Burks Memorial Park, 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd.

• East Pasco Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave.

Holiday

• J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd.

Hudson

• Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road

• Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road

• Arthur Engle Memorial Park, 11601 Denton Ave.

Land O'Lakes/Lutz

• Fire Station 23, 21300 State Road 54, Lutz

• Fire Station 37, 18015 State Road 54, Lutz

• Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway

• Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway

• Land O'Lakes Community Park, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd.

Odessa

• Fire Station 15, 2036 Chesapeake Drive

• Odessa Community Park, 1627 Chesapeake Drive

Port Richey

• Fire Station 14, 7800 River Ridge Blvd.

• Fire Station 17, 2951 Seven Springs Blvd.

New Port Richey

• Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road

• County storage facility, 5418 Sunset Road

• Mitchell Park, 4825 Little Road

• Facilities Management department, 7220 Osteen Road

Shady Hills

• Shady Hills Community Center, 15840 Greenglen Lane

Wesley Chapel

• Fire Station 26, 28229 Aronwood Blvd.

• Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Road

Zephyrhills

• Fire Station 16, 34335 Chancey Road

• New River Library, 34043 State Road 54

• Samuel Pasco Recreation Complex, 39835 Chancey Road

County to offer more places to recycle office paper, cardboard, newspapers 05/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:15pm]
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