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For all the shouting over access to alley recycling, an awful lot of folks are still bringing the blue bins to the curb

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Universal curbside recycling became universal ‘recycle where you put your trash’ last month, but not everyone has caught on. I was recently taking a stroll through Historic Kenwood and stumbled on a number of big blue bins used for the new-ish recycling in St. Pete. They were parked on the curb, where the city told them last July they should be put. But then the city changed that up after an uproar of citizens in places where trash is collected…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 5 – Curbside recycling

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most newsworthy happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 5: Curbside recycling When word first got out that universal curbside recycling was coming to St. Peteresburg, many residents were pleased. After all, St. Pete was the last major Florida city…

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Three neighborhoods rally to make St. Pete recycling more flexible

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A coalition of traditional neighborhoods in St. Pete is angry the city has still not responded to repeated requests for alley recycling pickup, mirroring the way trash is picked up in those areas. Alley access is available in 40 percent of St. Pete neighborhoods, but the city’s newly rolled out universal recycling program only collects recycling from the 95 gallon blue rolling bins from the curbside. The neighborhoods, Historic Old Northeast, Granada Terrace, Historic Kenwood and the Saint Petersburg Downtown…

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Rick Kriseman thanks residents for 54 percent recycling participation rate on day one

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In his weekly Sunblast that hit email subscribers’ inboxes Thursday, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is thanking residents for what he hopes was a successful beginning to the long-awaited program. “We’re very excited about the numbers we’re hearing,” Kriseman said in a video announcement. “It really looks like this community is stepping it up and getting involved in this program.” According to the city, the participation rate on the first day of recycling pickup this Monday was 54 percent. That’s…

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HONNA continues to push back against blue bins despite rollout

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Parts of the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood were among the first round of residences to have recycling picked up curbside through St. Pete’s universal curbside recycling program. The Monday morning launch came as leaders in the neighborhood continued to jockey city staff to make changes to the program to better accommodate “traditional” neighborhoods. Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association President Peter Motzenbecker led a press conference in the alley behind his home on Tenth Avenue North in Old Northeast. Motzenbecker’s is…

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Like it or not, curbside recycling has launched in St. Pete

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Universal curbside recycling has officially begun in St. Pete. Residents in Zone 1, which includes the Old Southeast neighborhood as well as Coquina Key and Broadwater along the Tampa Bay waterfront South to Pinellas Point Drive. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman kicked off the program in Old Southeast with a specially timed pickup in front of the home of neighborhood association president Pete Olivares. “Universal recycling is new,” Kriseman said. “It’s a big undertaking, but it’s also a really important…

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St. Pete’s Historic Old Northeast Assn. provides visual proof curbside recycling won’t work

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The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association is distributing a photo showcasing its concerns over curbside recycling. The photo shows an overflowing blue bin parked in front of an otherwise well-manicured home. Trash – not recycling – is spilling from the bin. There’s a greasy pizza box – one of several items listed on the City of St. Pete’s website and in instructional materials distributed along with the bins as a recycling no-no. There also seems to be plastic bags, another…

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