Water and sky not the only blue to look out for as IOP goes green

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      ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) -- Beachgoers at the Isle of Palms will notice more than just blue skies and water. The beach is going green with new blue recycling bins.Charleston County's Environmental Management Department and the City of IOP have teamed up to launch a Beach Recycling Pilot Program.Ninety-four blue recycling barrels will be placed directly on the beach."The Isle of Palms continues to provide forward thinking leadership in the County's recycling efforts," said Charleston County Council member Dickie Schweers. "Capturing recyclables generated from beach tourism allows our recycling program to achieve greater efficiency."The barrels are for plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and clean paper and will be placed starting at 3rd Avenue through the Wild Dunes beachfront. Recycling service may begin as soon as this Memorial Day weekend."We are really excited to be able to partner with Charleston County to offer the opportunity for people to recycle at the beach," said Dick Cronin, Mayor of the City of Isle of Palms. "In response to requests from residents and visitors, blue recycling barrels will be positioned alongside the City's traditional yellow, palm tree barrels on the beach. Beach goers are encouraged to use care to separate appropriately in each of the barrels."The duration of the pilot program is to be determined depending on initial results.For more information on single stream residential recycling, contact the Charleston County Environmental Management Department at (843) 720-7111 or visit