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Residents Unhappy with St. Petersburg, Fla.'s Curbside Recycling Program

St. Petersburg, Fla., residents are already raising complaints about the city's curbside recycling program before it's fully kicked in. 

The process of changing over its recycling program has been taking place for some time. Last October, the city advanced a proposal to buy new trucks and containers using a $6 million loan. In May, it began distributing new recycling carts to residents. 

But residents are unhappy about the prospect of the noise and other impacts of curbside collections, according to WFTS Tampa Bay.

The station has more:

The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA) emailed Mayor Rick Kriseman and city council members that they support recycling, but not the curbside pick up in front of homes. They are calling for a program revision for the following reasons:

1.   Causing residents of traditional neighborhoods to forgo recycling altogether due to the impracticality of not having houses functionally designed for the inconspicuous storage of blue recycling bins for curbside pickup.

2.  Causing and encouraging unsightly permanent storage of large blue bins in front yards, which ultimately leads to urban blight in traditional neighborhoods.

3.  Pickup trucks impose risks by navigating on narrow streets already constrained with on-street parking.

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