MONROE COUNTY, FL – The biggest question Solid Waste Recycling Outreach Coordinator Melody Tuschel receives when meeting with local civic groups is, “Does Monroe County really recycle?” Many people say they see their recycles go in the same truck that collects the trash, but Tuschel says her greatest challenge is letting people know that Monroe County really does recycle and how to do it right so it ends up at the mainland recycling center.
Tuschel gave a recycling update to the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday on her past six months in the position. “We must all come together to walk the walk,” she said regarding recycling. Tuschel has been busy visiting classrooms and businesses, and meeting with County department heads and staff, rotaries, chambers, and HOAs. She recently audited local parks and beaches to increase recycling, start upcycling projects and craft days at local libraries, and started a recycling ambassador program.
She is working toward encouraging good behavior, teaching residents, visitors, and students about food waste, where the pizza box goes (in the trash, not the recycle bin), and the harmful effects of styrofoam.
Her goals for 2024 include improving multi-family housing participation, encouraging recycling clubs at local schools, encouraging the use of reusable items in schools, improving county recycling facilities, pushing the use of reusable bags while shopping, and continuing outreach programs.
Tuschel is available to meet with civic groups and students to discuss recycling. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-509-0325.
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