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County targets groups, businesses for recycling

When Pasco County begins curbside recycling, which is expected to start by January 1992, the program will cover 80,000 homes countywide. That effort, however, will not touch two-thirds of what Pasco throws away. As a result, county officials want to foster the creation of small-scale, private recycling operations to capture the part of Pasco's waste not affected by residential recycling.

Pasco officials and Florida Power Corp. are sponsoring a workshop to help small businesses, civic groups and other organizations set up their own recycling programs.

The workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 20 at the Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111 U.S. 41, Land O'Lakes.

County recycling coordinator Joanne Hurley said the workshop will be broken into two sessions: one on organizing recycling programs and another on finding markets for recycled materials. Organizers also plan to cover regulations on how small businesses are required to handle hazardous waste.

Pinellas and Hillsborough recycling officials are expected to talk about programs in their counties, and representatives of recycling companies will discuss markets for aluminum, paper, glass and plastic.

"If it's one item or 10 items, this will give them the basics of how to do it," Hurley said.

A state law requires counties to recycle 30 percent of their garbage by 1994, and Hurley said private recycling efforts are "just another tool that we're going to use to go after that 30 percent goal."

Once Pasco's curbside recycling program begins, residents will get blue plastic bags from supermarkets and other retailers, and must use the bags to hold their recyclables. Haulers, instead of picking up garbage twice a week, will begin picking up garbage once a week and recyclables once a week.

Registration for the workshop will be closed at 150 participants. Anyone interested in registering can call (813) 847-8041, (904) 521-4274 or (800) 368-4274.

Pasco County recycling centers

Recycling programs vary widely from community to community. Here is a list of drop-off recycling locations.

This is the key to the materials accepted at each location:

N _ newspapers

AC _ aluminum cans

C _ cardboard

CG _ glass

P _ plastics

O _ oil

NF _ nonferrous metal

SC _ steel cans

AS _ aluminum scrap

CB _ cardboard boxes

CBGG _ clear, brown, green glass

PB _ paper bags

B _ batteries

S _ Styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, packing material)

New Port Richey

Asbury United Methodist Church,

Trouble Creek Road N,CBGG,AC

Cares Senior Center,

Barker Drive and Grey Avenue AC, CBGG

Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St. N

Veterans of Foreign Wars,

11551 Osceola Drive N

Port Richey

S.T. Scrap Metal,

6805 Ridge Road AC,CBGG,P,B,NF, AS

West Florida Battery & Aluminum,

7932 U.S. 19 AC,B

V.F.W., 11551 Osceola Drive N


Matt's Recycling,

12021 Hicks Road AC,CBGG,B,NF

Dade City

Pasco Recycling,

1607 U.S. 301 N AC,CBGG,P,B,NF


Cares Zephyrhills Senior Center,

4645 Airport Road N,AC,CBGG

East Pasco Meals on Wheels,

38145 15th Ave. N,AC