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Recycling dumpsters at city drop-off sites overflowing before opening

Starting Monday, Jacksonville will suspend its curbside recycling pickup services and open 14 new drop-off locations around the city. Even before they were formally open, people have already dumped tons of recyclable items into the bins.
Starting Monday, Jacksonville will suspend its curbside recycling pickup services and open 14 new drop-off locations around the city. Even before they were formally open, people have already dumped tons of recyclable items into the bins.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Recycling drop-off sites are set to open Monday for Jacksonville residents. But it looks like some people got a head start over the weekend.

At one of the 14 recycling drop-off locations at William Sheffield Regional Park on New Berlin Road, the city recycling dumpsters were already overflowing as of Sunday morning.

At two other sites visited by News4Jax, the dumpsters were also full, including on the opposite side of town at Normandy Park.

In some cases, there were cases of illegal dumping and things that cannot be recycled, like trash bags.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said staffing shortages are forcing the city to put recycling services on hold temporarily so collectors can focus on the trash that has been piling up in neighborhoods across the city.

Residents who want to continue to recycle during the indefinite pause must now take their trash to one of the sites around the city.

For additional information, check out some FAQs or call (904) 630-2489 (CITY).

Recycling dumpsters overflowing at Normandy Park. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

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