UPDATE: Since this story was originally published, the county has moved the recycling bins from behind the health department on Olympia Street to the Lee/Hendry Transfer Station. The station is located at 1350 South Olympia St. in Clewiston. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As the city and county work to keep individuals from using recycling bins as a dumping ground, another issue has been raised concerning the bins: they’re always full.
The Clewiston News saw this firsthand when a reporter went to take pictures of the Olympia Street bins in their new location behind the county health department. The bins were overfilled and overflowing.
The picture was taken at around 3 p.m. Monday, the day before the bins are scheduled to be emptied by the county’s contracted hauler.
When confronted with the issue, the county said both its staff and city of Clewiston staff clean up and organize the material before Tuesday’s pickup, which includes removing hazardous waste and garbage, and putting any recyclable materials laying on the ground into the bin.
Since this doesn’t seem to be enough to keep the bins at bay, the county said it is working on solutions to address the problem.
Both city and county staff are currently working on adding additional bins and installing more signs to point out locations.
New lids with slots are also on order and will replace the current lids, which can be difficult to lift and don’t create incentive to break down cardboard boxes and other large items.
With the new lids, boxes will need to be broken down to push through the slot, which will also free up space within the bins.