Why a Recycling Program is so Important for Homeowners at the Beach

There is an absolutely jaw-dropping amount of waste sent to landfills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year (1).

For an extra cap on the whole matter, the great pacific garbage patch is a little larger than we initially realized. This mass of trash spiraling in the Pacific Ocean is estimated at about 617,763 square miles. How large is this, really? It’s about three times the size of France or twice the size of Texas (2).

These statistics are nauseating. We can’t help but be mad upon hearing them.

But it is not all doom and gloom. There are small steps which we can take every day to help carve away at these astounding numbers. It doesn’t take a lot. Many people in Nassau County prioritize sustainability and responsible recycling, and it has helped create a nice paradigm shift in the community.

recycling on Fernandina Beach

Nassau County Recycling

Nassau County local recycle pick-up allows for a variety of items.

  • Plastics #1-#7
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers, magazines, office paper, and paper mail
  • Brown paper bags
  • Glass bottles
  • Metal and aluminum cans
  • Cereal Boxes
  • File or packing boxes
  • Shredded paper contained in a paper bag
  • Soda cartons and dry food packaging

While there are a few rules to consider, the most pressing is that all items must be contained in the container. No spilling out or items sitting next to the container. No sorting is necessary.

This is just a very quick overview of Nassau County’s procedures when it comes to recycling. But who is involved in making this happen and, most importantly, what can we do?

Keep Nassau Beautiful

Keep Nassau Beautiful is one of the leading recycling programs of Fernandina Beach. The group is spearheading responsible for community recycling. They have an influential and incredible local presence. For any additional information, including how to get involved, they are the source to reach.

Recycling Centers

Some communities don’t recycle. As unfortunate as that is, we understand it. We don’t want people to move solely because they can’t recycle, but we do prioritize communities and Fernandina Beach homes for sale which recycle. We have five Nassau County recycling centers in the area.

  • West Nassau Convenience Recycle Center: 46026 Landfill Road, Callahan, Fl 32011
  • Bryceville: 7282 Motes Road, Bryceville, FL 32009
  • Goodbread Dr: 86142 Goodbread Drive, Yulee, Fl 32097
  • Sandhill Recycle Center: CR108 in Yulee FL 904-225-2801 (yard waste)
  • Bailey Road: 3163 Bailey Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Each one of these Nassau County recycling centers has multiple bins, including two closed top bins and five compartment recycle bins. The bins at every location accept plastics #1 & #2, glass, and aluminum. There is a dedicated paper bin at each site, which allows for the recycling of magazines, office paper, and newspaper.

The West Nassau location is likely the most comprehensive and biggest. You can easily, and at no cost ever, recycle glass, office paper, cardboard, newspapers, automotive batteries, scrap metals, plastics, aluminum cans, tires, and electronics. As of now, only the West Nassau Convenience Recycle Center accepts cardboard.

Recycling in Nassau County

Daily Recycling Habits

So what can you do on a daily basis to be more responsible with your waste? You can establish a few really quick and simple habits.

  • Read the labels on the objects you throw away and recycle what the county accepts
  • Take your recycling to an accessible drop-off point
  • Encourage others to do the same
  • Try to reuse cups and containers, and request your local restaurants and grocery stores use responsible packaging

Contact local companies and display your support for responsible recycling and waste control- or you can put your money elsewhere.

Support community initiatives which encourage responsible recycling, upcycling, waste prevention, and more.

We see recycling as a responsibility. It is so easy to just toss something in the trash instead of recycling it. We are quickly moving past the point where this is a problem which is “out of sight, out of mind.” It doesn’t take a lot to create a community that prioritizes reasonable recycling. We don’t want to see Styrofoam cups on the ground outside the homes and properties for sale in Nassau County and trash in the roads.