St. Augustine recycles old junk ahead of the holidays – Action News Jax

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — People getting ready to welcome guests for the holidays but still had a pesky pile of papers to shred, or that box of old devices to get rid of, got some free help from the City of St. Augustine on Friday.

The City helped folks do a recycling haul at the Solid Waste Facility at 601 Riberia Street.

“[I] dropped off electronics,” Casey Wooster said. “Old headphones, electronic lights that no longer work.”

“Computer, monitor, a variety of electronic wires and goods you can see here,” Paul Infante said.

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“How long have you been holding on to that stuff?” asked Action News Jax reporter Jessica Barreto.

“Unfortunately, quite a while,” Infante said. “I’d say a good 5 to 10 years.”

As many prepare to welcome guests, the last thing they want is old junk to take up more room.

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“My parents and my wife’s mom are gonna be visiting,” Infante said. “So that does help the cause with, ‘Where are they going to stay?’ So yes, absolutely!”

You can stop by the facility and drop off your documents to get shredded. You can also drop off old electronic devices.

Here’s the full list of what is allowed:

  • Laptops
  • Complete PC
  • Towers
  • Hard Drives
  • Memory Chips
  • CD Drives
  • Power Supplies
  • Phone Chargers
  • Cell Phones
  • House Batteries
  • Tool Batteries
  • Car Batteries
  • iPad & Tablets
  • Digital Cameras
  • Stereos
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • VCR/DVD Players
  • Power Cords
  • Christmas Lights

You can also drop off your old cooking oil so it doesn’t clog your drains.

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“Everything gets recycled,” said Todd Grant, Utilities Director for the City of St. Augustine. “And it’s secure.”

“How does it feel to drop off your documents?” Barreto asked another visitor, Samuel Popel.

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“It feels good [to] get rid of them!” he said.

“I’m happy,” Wooster said. “It’s so much better than throwing it away.”

“It’s wonderful they have this program,” Infante said. “And to be able to get rid of it the proper way.”

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If you missed today’s event, there will be another one happening on January 4.

You can also call the St. Augustine Solid Waste and Sanitation Facility to make an appointment and drop off your recyclables. The phone number is 904-825-1049.

The city pays contractors, but won’t charge you. And in the end: “It’s convenient, it’s the right thing to do,” Grant said.

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