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Mary Esther residents will save on garbage pickups starting in the new year
People who live in Mary Esther will be saving a few bucks on their garbage pickups next year.
Right now, this is the type of container people who live in Mary Esther roll out to the curb on trash day. Recyclables go in a small plastic bin. But that's all going to change come January.
Florida has set a goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020.
It's hard to imagine achieving it with this size container, to hold a week's worth of recyclables.
Ed Tritt tells us, "Well the small bin is for basically some glass and a few other odds and ends, but not a lot"
Joe Simmons says, "If you've got it sitting around for a week, I don't like that stench that goes along with it"
Under the new system, the small bins will be replaced with 96 gallon covered containers.
Joe Simmons says it will be cleaner and more convenient, in short, an incentive to start recycling.
"You gotta be helping the environment. So I'm proud to see that they're doing to do that"
When Okaloosa County tried similar containers in a pilot program last year, the amount of garbage going to landfills dropped by 40 percent.
There is a trade-off for customers, regular garbage will be picked up once a week instead of twice.
With the new schedule, their bills will go down by about a dollar a month.
Ed Tritt says, "Well a dollar a month...with the economy what it's going right now....I'll never notice it. I hate to make it sound like it's nothing, but it is something"
Joe Simmons states, "Any time you can save money, you've got to be doing the right thing"
Waste management will be picking these containers up and dropping off the new ones during the holidays, so the new system can start January 1.