Trash, on Panama City Beach, has a funny way of accumulating. Every year tons of trash finds its way to landfills, strung-out along the streets or blown around all over our gorgeous beaches with no one to pick it up. Well, early last month the city council voted to move residents of Panama City Beach towards mandatory garbage collection and, at least to some degree, alleviating part of the problem of PCB’s dirty reputation.
Naturally, mandatory garbage collection will reduce the amount of trash leftover from short-term renters and residential areas that do not require collection. Also, it could reduce illegal dumping and littering as residents won’t be saving money as they may have before.
But, for those thinking a tad greener, mandatory garbage collection is the first step towards mandatory recycling. It is not as much about green, as in “earthy” than it is about green, as in “money”. Throwing out recyclables increases the amount of garbage going to the landfills. That leads to increased landfill fees that would then filter down to increased trash fees for city residents. So, in the near future, it is likely that not only will Panama City Beach be a cleaner place, but a greener one too.
A system for the pickup is still in the works, but several companies have submitted RFQs, all of whom could provide mandatory collection at the choice of the tenant.
This new system could be mandatory from bridge to bridge. No word yet on what the fees will be, but it is likely that the fee will be added to your water bill.