The City of Winter Haven is closing the recycling collection facilities at Rotary and W. G. Roe Parks. City collection facilities at both parks, including the containers, fencing and bollards will be removed by Feb. 5. In addition, the space will be repurposed to curtail future illegal dumping at these locations. Impacts of the removal will be minimal and the area will be restored to its previous condition at both locations.
According to Donna Sheehan, assistant to the city manager, “Since the installation of these recycling collection sites in the 1990’s, the City has developed a robust recycling program that has made these facilities obsolete and no longer necessary.” Though citizens who are not customers of the City’s solid waste services use these receptacles to deposit recycle material, these areas have also become a regular illegal dumping ground for unrecyclable debris, junk and bulk items. This has created unsightly and hazardous conditions for park users and those attempting to utilize the receptacles. In addition, the improper disposal of non-recyclable materials contaminates the entire load, which impacts the intent of recycling.
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