Pilot Project at Sarno Landfill to Save Waste, Support Habitat for Humanity

Brevard County is taking a step forward in waste stream reduction with a Recycling/Reuse Pilot Project at Melbourne’s Sarno landfill. On Saturdays July 15,
22 and 29, and Aug. 4, people may drop off a variety of unwanted reusable materials at the landfill for recycling or reuse.

Accepted materials include furniture, lumber, shingles, flooring, plastic planters, hardware and any electrical items of value. Broken or damaged items
will not be accepted.

Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc., with support from Florida Tech researchers, led by Dr. Howell Heck, associate professor of civil engineering, are conducting the project. Also supporting the effort are Florida Department of Environmental
Protection and Brevard County Solid Waste.

Materials will cycle through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located in Melbourne. “We are trying to see if enough recoverable material can be collected
to make having a drop-off station feasible. This would allow item recovery, save landfill space and provide material to sell in the ReStore,” said Heck.

For more information, contact Heck at hheck@fit.edu, or call the ReStore at (321) 255-5950.

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