Willie Puz


Presentation Title

Case Study: Converting a Single Stream City Back to Dual

Willie Puz, Director of Public Affairs and Recycling, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County


The City of Lake Worth, FL went to single stream recycling almost 10 years ago. Though they are a self-haul city, a hauler offered the city $10 per ton for their recyclables if they went to single stream and dumped on the hauler’s floor. The city did it. Now that their contract is up for renewal, their contract terms are changing and the hauler wants the city to pay $85 per ton to dump on their floor.    The city then reached out to us, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, to see about returning to our dual stream recycling program. This presentation offer would be a case study on how this negotiation was done, the outreach that was conducted, and the outcome. 


Willie Puz has been helping residents understand what their state and local governments do for more than 20 years. Willie has lead successful messaging campaigns from the hyperlocal - changing a county’s garbage service from manual to automated service and redirecting government services from a downtown business core when it would be closed due to the security perimeter for the Republican National Convention – to the international, in providing vital information during hurricanes, sinkholes and fatalities due to human-animal interactions.    Over the last five years at the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Willie has focused the SWA’s public affairs and outreach efforts to reach county residents where they are living, working and playing so they make the best disposal decisions. His department’s efforts have helped increase the incoming volume of household hazardous waste by almost than 1,000,000 pounds, and have community events recycling more tons than they throw away.    Willie is a proud graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.