|Published:||Aug 22, 2012 8:47 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 22, 2012 10:58 AM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA Fla.- When Jim Hoffman retired to Florida ten years ago, he bit into the lifestyle hook line and sinker.
"I moved to Punta Gorda so I could have two boats behind my house, one for shallow water and one for deep water", said Hoffman.
Many boat owners change their own oil in their boats. Hoffman is no exception. For those boat owners, getting rid of that used oil can be a nerve wracking experience.
"I put it in a five gallon bucket and I put it in the back of my Suburban and I prayed all the way up to Advance Auto that I would not spill it", says Hoffman.
With thousands of boats within the city of Punta Gorda, that's a lot of nervous boat owners. But starting later this year, Hoffman and other residents in Punta Gorda will be able to put their used oil at the curb for recycling.
Mayor Bill Albers is also a boat owner and also changes his own oil. He is excited about the new recycling policies.
"It's a great deal and it keeps more stuff out of the landfill and that's the whole purpose of recycling", said Albers.
The city collects their own trash but they pay a private company to collect their recyclables and by switching companies they say they can save the taxpayers about $75,000 a year. Along with used motor and cooking oil, the new company, Waste Pro will also recycle electronics and old tires. The new rules suit Hoffman just fine.
"If the city is going to pick it up with our regular trash removal that will save me from taking it up to advance to get rid of it", said Hoffman.
The new recycling rules will take effect on October 1st.
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