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June 11, 2015

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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.

About the Author(s)

David Bodamer

Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. 

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