Beginning January 1st, 2014 Mary Esther will be the first city in Okaloosa and Walton counties to adopt expanded recycling services.
"Several residents that have two and some have three of the bins, and we also pick up additional recycles on top of the bin and contained in the bag,” said Lynn Yort, Solutions Manager for Waste Management. “The recycling volume has begun to increase, and with the increased capacity I think we are going to see wonderful things in Mary Esther."
Right now residents have 18 gallon recycling bins.
By January they'll get 96 gallon containers.
Waste Management will also be consolidating weekly pick-ups from four to three.
"I think the people are going to be amazed by the difference when they start recycling with these bigger containers, you won't as near much in your garbage can,” said Lynne Oler, City Manager for Mary Esther.
The rates will actually decrease by a dollar a month per household.
"The overall rate for residents is coming down, almost a dollar,” said Yort. “This will save the residents some money while allowing them greater recycling abilities."
City officials hope the expanded recycling program will reduce the amount of waste that goes into the landfill, making Mary Esther more eco-friendly.
"I think we have come up with a great program that is going to help the citizens of Mary Esther and help our future."