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Single stream recycling frequently asked questions

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What do I do with my old bins?

Residents can call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390 to schedule pickup of their old recycle bins.

I don't have space for this cart, where am I supposed to store it?

The measurements or footprint of the old bins combined are 21.5 inches long and 15.2 inches wide. The new cart's footprint is square at 21.5 inches by 21.5 inches. The footprint of the new cart adds just 6.3 inches, so it's just slightly bigger then the old bins.

How do I place the cart at the curb?

Place the cart with the lid opening facing the road. Please make sure it is at least 5 feet away from the mailbox to allow the automated arm of the truck to access the cart.

How do I know what I can put in the new cart for recycling?

There is a graphic on the lid of the cart which lists items that can and cannot go in. If you are still unsure, please call Waste Pro at (772) 595-9390.

What do I do with hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, pesticides, oil, etc.?

Household hazardous waste cannot be picked up with regular household garbage, but can be disposed of in two ways:

  1. The Public Works Department hosts a free Hazardous Household Waste Drop-off Day once a year. The department also has free drop-off sites at city buildings for rechargeable batteries (cell phones, etc.). Call (772) 871-5100 for more information.
  2. The St. Lucie County Bailing and Recycling Facility accepts many of these items. Call (772) 462-1768 for hours and for information about what will be accepted . This facility is located at 6120 Glades Cutoff Road, Ft. Pierce.

The following is a list of common household hazardous waste:

  • Adhesives
  • Auto fluids and batteries
  • Degreasers
  • Electronics
  • Fertilizers
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Fungicides
  • Gasoline
  • Herbicides
  • Household chemicals
  • Household cleaners
  • Items containing mercury
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Oil-based paints, thinners*
  • Pesticides
  • Photographic chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Smoke detectors
  • X-rays

Please note:

Latex (or water-based) paint is NOT considered hazardous waste but it can cause hazardous conditions to the public if not properly dried out before disposal. All latex paint must be solidified prior to collection by Waste Pro so that the paint does not leak from the garbage trucks onto our roads and ultimately other vehicles. We recommend using cat litter to dry up any unwanted latex paint. Another option is to air dry in sunny conditions for several days before setting out for disposal. If you have additional questions about latex paint disposal, please contact Waste Pro.

Used needles ("sharps") are also NOT considered hazardous waste, but you should take certain precautions with them before placing them in your household trash. The Florida Department of Health has an informative pamphlet on the subject, titled "How to Safely Throw Away Needles at Home."

How do I dispose of electronic equipment such as TVs, computers, laptops, etc.?

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) can be scheduled for a special pickup by Waste Pro and delivered to the landfill as hazardous waste. Residential customers within the city and county are eligible for this service.. 

The following is a list of common E-Waste items:

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • VCRs
  • Stereo equipment

Call Waste Po at (772) 595-9390 for more information about e-waste or to schedule a pickup.

Why it’s important to reduce, reuse and recycle

  • Americans generate almost 230 million tons of garbage every year

  • Approximately 35.7 percent of waste material is paper and paper products

  • Ten cents of every shopping dollar is used to pay for packaging

  • Many families spend over $260 each year on paper towels and napkins

  • Since 1977, 250 million pounds of plastic per year has been kept out of the waste stream simply by reducing the weight of two-liter plastic soft drink bottles

  • Computer monitors contain an average of four pounds of lead and can contain a variety of toxic materials such as chromium, cadmium, and mercury

  • Dry-cell batteries include alkaline and carbon zinc (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA), mercuric-oxide (button, some cylindrical and rectangular), silver-oxide and zinc-air (button), and lithium (9-volt, C, AA, coin, button, rechargeable). On average, each person in the United States discards eight dry-cell batteries per year.

How are the carts picked up and emptied?

Waste Pro's new fleet of compressed natural gas trucks are equipped with automated arms specially designed to empty the single stream carts. The arm is controlled from inside the vehicle so Waste Pro employees do not have to leave the truck.

Is single stream recycling successful in other cities?

Yes! Since single stream recycling was implemented in the City of Fort Pierce, the amount of recyclables collected has increased by 170 percent. The City of Stuart has had such success with their single stream recycling program, that residential trash pickups have been reduced from twice a week to once a week.

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