Your junk mail can be recycled now

Published: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 11:01 p.m.

Local residents can stop junking their junk mail.

Gainesville and Alachua County will begin curbside collection of junk mail and office paper for recycling starting today.

The service is being added at no extra charge, said Joanie Rollen, recycling program assistant for the city of Gainesville.

"More people are working from offices at home . . . and junk mail is a problem, so we thought we'd add it," she said.

Junk mail can include envelopes with plastic windows, she said. But she asks residents to remove plastic cards that sometimes come with credit card offers.

Alachua County recycles about a third of its waste, according to the most recent figures collected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The county's recycling rate is tied for 10th highest in the state, according to those figures.

Rollen said officials hope to increase recycling with the new program.

"It's going to be a trickle at first, but hopefully it will catch on," she said. "There's a lot of people out there waiting for it."

Office paper and junk mail should be placed in the orange recycling bin along with newspaper, magazines, catalogs, brown paper bags, phone books and corrugated cardboard.

Rollen said residents should place their blue bin on top of their orange bin to prevent the wind from blowing paper into the street or yards.

The blue bin is for collection of clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans (including empty aerosol cans); and No. 1, 2 and 3 type plastic bottles and jars.

For more information, call the city of Gainesville at (352) 334-2330 or Alachua County at (352) 338-3233.

Nathan Crabbe can be reached at 352-338-3176 or crabben@gville

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