Waste Management hosted a “First Truck” ceremony to mark the opening of its new $1.5-million Fort Pierce Transfer Station at 3890 Selvitz Road on July 16, 2013.
City of Fort Pierce officials joined in the festivities to kickoff off the city’s new Single-Stream Cart recycling program. Over the past few weeks, more than 5,000 64-gallon blue carts on wheels have been delivered to Fort Pierce households to expand recycling capacity and collection.
“Our new cart recycling program gives residents expanded capacity to recycle more household items, keeping trash out of our landfills and improving the environment,” announced Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson on July 17, 2013. “The City of Fort Pierce is pleased to mark this expanded recycling program as well as the opening of the new transfer station.”
The Waste Management Fort Pierce Transfer Station can accept up to 150 tonnes of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, recyclables and bulk materials for sorting and transfer.
“Waste Management has made a major investment in our partnership with the City of Fort Pierce and looks forward to serving the city’s waste and recycling needs for many years to come,” said Jeff Sabin, WM government affairs manager. “The facility adds four full-time jobs to the local economy and will help us manage the additional recyclables that will be generated from the new cart program.”
Waste Management’s Senior District Manager Tony Bishop will manage the new facility. Richard K. Davis Construction of Fort Pierce was the general contractor for the project which employed approximately 10 workers during the construction phase.
“Residents currently recycle about 15 per cent of their waste, and our goal is to increase that to 45 per cent with the new carts,” added Hudson.
Residents can put all recyclables into the blue carts including cardboard, newspapers, mixed paper, boxboard and paper cartons, plastic bottles and containers, steel and aluminum cans, and glass bottles and jars.
The recyclables will be processed at Waste Management’s Reuter Recycling Facility in Pembroke Pines.
The city’s remaining waste will be transported to WM’s Okeechobee Landfill for disposal.