Jan Tracy of Pinellas Solid Waste Facility will speak on the county’s waste disposal program at St. Petersburg Main Library on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2 p.m., a presentation of the Friends of the Main Library.
Where does your trash go once you throw it in the big black bin? What goes in the blue recycling bin? Jan Tracy, program coordinator for Pinellas County Solid Waste has all the answers. Pinellas County continues to be a superior environmental steward by supporting waste reduction and recycling efforts. The county has been recognized for having the highest recycling rate in the state of Florida.
The City of St. Petersburg began picking up curbside recyclables in June 2015, making that program more than a year old. The items you place in your recycling bin are taken to Waste Connections of Florida, formerly Progressive Waste Solutions, 1190 20th St. North, where they are sorted and packed into bales of paper, plastic and metals, and sold to innovative companies that reuse these basic materials to produce new products. This program has been successful in diverting tons of materials that previously would have been incinerated into new products.
The remainder of our garbage (what we put in the trash can) is burned in the three large incinerators at the same facility. You can see the chimneys from I-275. All the collected garbage (minus the recyclables) is dumped together and burned! There is no sorting of these items. They are all burned together. We do generate electricity from this process. However, it is possible that we can have an even better impact on the environment if organic materials such as food wastes and plant clippings were composted. On Saturday, October 15, Jan Tracy from the Pinellas Solid Waste Facility will show us where “away” is when we throw something away, and will shed some light on what more we can do in the future.
Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library Meeting Room for a presentation followed by Q&A and refreshments. Free and open to the public. The St. Petersburg Main Library is located at 3745 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.
The Friends of the Library:
The Friends of the Main Library have presented cultural and educational programs, free and open to the public, for 50 years. They have sponsored summer youth and family reading projects and have bought supplemental equipment for the library. Membership is open to the public.