MADEIRA BEACH — Saving the environment in this city costs residents a mere $1.54 a month.
That is the fee for a new recycling program that for the first time is available to all residents — single-family homeowners and condominium owners.
Blue recycling boxes were distributed to homeowners several weeks ago. Large condominiums will get special recycling bins installed by April 1, according to City Manager W.D. Higginbotham Jr.
He and his staff met with Waste Services of Florida officials Monday to plan for the program rollout to large condominiums.
"We have to arrange with operators of buildings where to put the receptacles and how often to pick up," Higginbotham said.
He is also planning to develop a flier announcing the program for condominium owners, similar to one made for single-family homeowners.
Recyclable materials are picked up at residential curbs on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Among the eligible materials are: aluminum and other metal cans, recyclable plastic bottles, metal jar lids, newspapers, corrugated cardboard, magazines and junk mail.
Madeira Beach used to offer recycling but abandoned the program about four years ago because of increased costs.
At that time, the city paid for the service as part of its regular city-operated garbage collection.
The present recycling program is contracted out, and residents foot the bill.
"The City Commission has wanted to reinstitute recycling for some time," Higginbotham said.