Upside down semi-truck on canal bank
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Mexico Beach leaders are finding creative ways to recycle debris left behind by Hurricane Michael. 

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Thomasville, Georgia’s recycling center reopens Monday. The facility shut down for a few days to make changes to how it accepts paper and plastic.

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To protect your identity and reduce fraud, the Tallahassee Police Department is inviting the public to a shredding day. Officials say shredding old documents will decrease financial crimes.

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection wants you to take a selfie the next time you recycle and post it on the department's Facebook page.

Capital Report: 07-18-2014

Jul 21, 2014

Four years ago, an oil rig owned by BP exploded off the Louisiana coast—causing one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The oil flowed all the way to the Western Panhandle, causing tourists to flee and businesses to dry up. Now, as Lynn Hatter reports, tourism is back and the money is flowing again—and the oil remains.

recycle bins in an office
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Florida businesses and institutions need to step up their recycling efforts if the state has any hope of meeting a goal of 75 percent recycled waste. That’s what environmental officials are saying after a recent progress report showed Floridians are recycling less than half of all waste. 

At Tallahassee’s Marpan Recycling plant, wooden furniture and construction scraps are processed through Godzilla-size chippers. These recyclables are bigger than the typical household items put out to the curb.

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Acknowledging the ticking clock winding down the 2014 legislative session, the sponsor of a bill allowing local governments to regulate plastic bag use has withdrawn his measure from consideration. Florida cities currently are prohibited from making rules discouraging the use of plastic carryout bags, as cities in other states have done.

Capital Report: 03-07-2014

Mar 7, 2014

Years after it became law, the Federal Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” if you prefer – is still a topic of ferocious debate and political grandstanding.  Florida was one of the states that chose not to set up a health care exchange of its own in support of the federal law.  But, quietly and without much fanfare, Florida did roll out a health insurance marketplace of sorts earlier this week. Lynn Hatter reports that marketplace should not be confused with the federal health insurance exchanges and should by no means be associated with Obamacare..

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Tallahassee residents are saying goodbye to their two-sided recycle bins as workers replace dividers with new lids this week. City officials hope to encourage more recycling by doing away with the need for sorting.

A forklift unloaded pallets from a big rig on Tallahassee’s Southside Monday morning as city Solid Waste Administrative Services Manager Rita Taylor looked on.

“They’ve just gotten a shipment of lids in and they’re taking them off and putting them in the warehouse," she explained.

Capital Report: Election Reform off to a start

Feb 18, 2013

A proposal to reform Florida’s electoral process is moving through the Legislature with bipartisan support. Florida’s problems were highlighted during this past election between long ballots and long lines, and even gained a mention in the President’s State of the Union address. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, while the proposal is gaining ground among state lawmakers, some say there’s still more work to do.

When recycling trucks drive their routes through Tallahassee, they only collect recyclables from about every third house. That’s according to city recycling coordinator Paul Hurst.

“The percentage of participants is much lower than we’d like to see it,” he said.

He said the city is hoping to attract more recyclers by making the process easier. So it’s put out a request for bids to get a new kind of processor that could handle all types of recyclables at once.