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Updated: 03/19/2017 09:48:04AM

Recycling faces challenges

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Waste Connections started distributing green and yellow recycling carts last week, so the white recycling bins like this one on George Boulevard in Sebring will be retasked for material recycling and hauling, converted to trash dumpsters, or placed at schools for school/government recycling functions. Some may be sold to other governments.

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A worker spreads sod around the approach to a building at the Highlands County Landfill where garbage trucks will dump recycled materials. Front end loaders will then scoop up plastic, paper, cardboard and metal, transfer it to a semi-truck, and it will go to Miami or Tampa to be sorted.

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Mike Merolle, who lives southeast of Sebring, makes one last trip to a recycling bin. "I believe in it."

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Highlands County won't recycle glass anymore. All glass should go into blue trash bins. Waste Connections Regional Manager Jim Wheatley said it can't be resold. "Nobody wants it anymore. There’s an overabundance.”

By GARY PINNELL

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SEBRING — Last week, Highlands County Commissioner Jim Brooks read an article in the latest edition of Ocala Magazine, “Will Recycling Get Trashed?”

“Recycling is in crisis,” Director of Public Works Darren Park told the Ocala City Council on Feb. 23. Glass will probably be removed from the list of recyclables, and it’s 25 percent of the city’s recycling stream.

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