Records show city paid nearly $ 143,000 in overtime to employees who collected recyclables and other trash – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Like many locals, Adam Schwart finds recycling drop-off sites, like the one at Castaway Island Preserve, unsightly.

“Look how stacked it is, every time you come in here everything is full,” Schwartz said. “You can see all this broken glass, I hate it, I just hate looking at it.”

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The 14 drop-off sites are because the city of Jacksonville has suspended curbside recycling – a service residents pay for.

Action News Jax has checked with the city for updates on the resumption of service. The city shared the following statement:

“Although we have made substantial progress since the curbside recycling was suspended, our contract carriers still struggle to find licensed workers and they are still understaffed. This is the case with many industries across the country. We understand that this is frustrating for our citizens and appreciate their patience during this difficult time. Our goal is to resume curbside recycling as soon as possible.

Last May, Action News Jax told you about the city’s efforts to collect garbage, yard waste, and recycling.

The city offered overtime to workers from other departments like JFRD.

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Since the overtime announcement from the end of May to December 30, according to records between JFRD, Public Works and Parks, the city has paid more than $ 142,000 in overtime.

The city told Action News Jax that the money comes from the budget of the department whose staff did the work.

Schwartz thinks it was a good decision.

“I think it’s great; at least they’re paid to do it, ”he said.

But like so many who pay for it, he wants curbside recycling to return.

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