When curbside recycling returned to Jacksonville this month, there were fears it would take the city back to the avalanche of trash it faced before services were suspended.
That doesn’t seem to have happened. Waste collections seem to have stabilized, although they are still far from ideal.
At the height of the waste crisis, the city was missing more than 3,000 collections each week. From Sept. 13-19, the city missed 4,178 pickups, more than half of which were yard waste.
Since suspending recycling six months ago, the city has been able to get collections back on track, missing fewer than 600 collections in some weeks.
Although this number has tended to go up over the past two months, the return of recycling every two weeks does not seem to have made it worse.
The week before the city resumed normal recycling services, waste haulers missed 1,500 collections, two-thirds of which were yard waste. For the next two weeks, even with recycling in the mix, that number remained relatively unchanged. Waste haulers missed 164 recycling collections the week of April 4 and almost 300 the week of April 11, but they made up for it by missing less garbage and yard waste.
The city is always striving to reduce missed collections to zero. A Jacksonville City Council Special Committee on Solid Waste continues to meet at City Hall through the end of June to address structural issues related to the city’s waste management, including funding and management issues. ‘infrastructure.