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Pinellas, burned over recycling

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

From Darden Rice:

I’m fired up over the embarrassing excuses for the lack of curbside recycling here in Pinellas County. What many thought was a done deal to create a countywide curbside recycling program now appears to be in big trouble.

Sign our petition: we want a countywide curbside recycling program. We’ll hand deliver your petitions directly to the county commission.

How far are we off track? Some county commissioners are openly asking if the funds for recycling should be used to expand the burning capacity of the incinerator instead! Others think they can raid the dedicated solid waste funds to use for other departments. Clearly, we have to light a fire under the county commission and let them know this issue has been talked about enough and it is time to move forward with solutions.

Click here to sign our petition to the Pinellas County Commission. No more excuses: Let’s get curbside recycling started now.

Despite the best efforts of Commissioner Ken Welch, a handful of opponents have been getting more visible and more vocal in efforts to delay implementation. It’s time to get active and make sure the county commissioners and staff can’t ignore the voice of thousands of its citizens who want curbside recycling.

Keep in mind a few useful facts about curbside recycling:

• A recent study found that countywide curbside recycling in Pinellas could capture an additional 30,000- 40,000 tons of materials per year, as well as extend the life of the landfill by several years.
• Pinellas County has already dedicated solid waste funds to pay for curbside recycling.
• We can’t burn our way to a cleaner environment. Expanding a recycling program is one of the easiest, fastest, and least expensive steps that communities can take to decrease their contributions to green house gas emissions.
• Curbside recycling isn’t just a feel good issue. It is the major basic component to a comprehensive, financially sound, and sensible solid waste program. Out of Florida’s top 11 most populated counties, Pinellas is the only one without a countywide curbside recycling program.

Click here to sign our petition so county commissioners start to hear from a flood of curbside recycling supporters.

We will deliver your petitions at the next county commission meeting where curbside recycling is brought up and keep you up to date on this important issue. Thank you for your help!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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