SWA Plans Special Events For America Recycles Day

What better way to celebrate America Recycles Day than by watching your garbage get recycled into energy, protecting your identity by shredding personal documents and safely recycling household hazardous wastes?

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County invites families to its Education Center (6751 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach) on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon for a family-friendly recycling adventure.

Palm Beach County residents will have the opportunity to sort recyclables on the interactive touch-table line in the LEED Platinum Education Center, see the 9-ton claw feed trash into the machine in Renewable Energy Facility 2, experience the complex recycling processes at the Recovered Materials Processing Facility and be witness to how much garbage Palm Beach County residents actually throw away.

Stericycle will be onsite to shred up to six boxes of personal documents per vehicle for free. The Solid Waste Authority will be handing out blue and yellow recycling bins for free to Palm Beach County residents who need them.

Participants can also drop off a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Items on the list of most-needed food items are: hot or cold cereal; rice; pasta; canned stew or chili; canned fruit; peanut butter; canned meats (tuna, salmon, chicken); beans; canned vegetables; pure fruit/vegetable juice, cans or plastic; and shelf-stable milk.

As part of the household hazardous waste drop-off, Palm Beach County residents can safely get rid of their home chemicals for proper recycling or disposal at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center, located at 6161 N. Jog Road, one mile south of the event venue, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Palm Beach County residents can safely dispose of their old automotive fluids, cleaning products, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, propane cylinders, rechargeable batteries, solvents and used cooking oils. No sharp instruments or prescription medications will be accepted. More information about recycling the above-listed products is available at www.swa.org.

America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day), event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events nationwide.