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  • Waste Pro - Sarasota/Bradenton 7921 15th St E Sarasota, FL 34243 United States (map)

Join Transition Sarasota as we take a tour of Waste Pro to see how our recycling gets processed first hand!

About this Event

Join Transition Sarasota as we take a tour of the Waste Pro Sarasota/Bradenton Materials Recovery Facility to see how our new single-stream recycling system works first hand.

Cost: FREE, but please RSVP

Pre-Register: Participants that pre-register and attend will be entered to win a sustainable prize at the event !

In April 2019 the city of Sarasota converted to a single-stream recycling system with great success. The new system simplifies recycling for residents allowing them to combine their rinsed recyclables instead of separating them by container as was previously done. The new single stream bins also feature a closed lid, reducing the risk of the recycling becoming litter.

Simplifying the process typically increases the participation rates and quantity of recycled materials. In Sarasota it is estimated that the new system has increased city participation rates to 50-75%, with some neighborhoods reaching 90% participation.

5 tips for successful recycling

  1. Put loose items in the container. Don't put them in a trash bag. If items arrive to Waste Pro in bags, they are sent to the landfill.

  2. Keep bottle lids on the bottle or throw them away. If a lid is loose in the system, it gets sorted through with the glass, which contaminates the glass bin.

  3. If you’re unsure whether you can recycle an item, check on sarasotafl.gov/becartsmart. If you’re still unsure, it's better to throw the item away so that it doesn’t get sorted improperly.

  4. No dirty diapers in the recycling bin. While they are plastic and paper, soiled diapers contain contaminating waste.

  5. No food covered containers. Containers should be rinsed well or washed, otherwise they contain contaminating waste.

Focus on the three R’s in order of priority: 1-Reduce, 2-Reuse and 3-Recycle

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Eat Local Week! This is one of 20+ events during the Eat Local Week 2019. Check out www.TransitionSRQ.org/eatlocalweek for a full list of events!