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Osceola recycling program takes in 1.7 million pounds in first 3 weeks

Written by Orlando Sentinel
Published: October 2, 2012

Osceola County's new recyling program is off to a strong start, with more than 1.7 million pounds of recyclables collected in the first three weeks, county officials said.

That tonnage "is equivalent to the timber resources needed to produce 85.3 million sheets of newsprint," the county said in a news release.

The county is also addressing concerns by some residents — particularly seniors — that the 96-gallon carts are too large and unwieldy for them to handle. The program involves "single stream" recycling, in which residents put paper, glass and metals in the same cart to be separated later.

It's part of new waste-pickup contracts for unincorporated areas of the county. As a result, the annual cost for curbside pick-up of trash and recyclables for county residents decreased by $16.80.

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