FEBRUARY 2009

Florida county expands recycling efforts, landfill operations close to public

In an effort to increase recycling in Leon County, Florida, the Board of County Commissioners has contracted with Marpan Recycling to process certain debris that was previously disposed of at the Apalachee Solid Waste Management Facility.

Items such as construction and demolition debris, cardboard, furniture and carpet will now be processed for recycling at the Marpan facility, 6020 Woodville Highway. The City of Tallahassee will also be delivering those materials to Marpan to be recycled.

The County has partnered with such organizations as the International Council on Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to continue initiating smart energy strategies and developing methods for a more sustainable future.

Kim Williams, owner of Marpan Recycling, said the County’s decision to close the landfill and recycle this type of waste will go a long way to protecting the community’s future.

Effective January 1, 2009, the landfill operations at the Apalachee facility, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, will be closed to the general public. The facility will continue to accept waste tires and clean loads of yard trash (no plastic bags).