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UNIVERSAL CURBSIDE RECYCLING ROLLS INTO ST. PETERSBURG THIS SUMMER

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 17, 2015) – Beginning this July, St. Petersburg residents who live in single-family and multi-family residences up to four units may begin saving the environment with the launch of twice-monthly Universal Curbside Recycling collections. The new single-stream recycling initiative, administered by the city Sanitation Department, will be in addition to the department’s regular weekly residential and commercial solid waste collections.

The Universal Curbside Recycling program is scheduled to get underway with the delivery of blue, 95-gallon carts to approximately 76,000 residents this May. Once the program officially begins collections in July, residents will be able to place eligible recyclable items that are rinsed or free of food particles in the cart before wheeling it to the curb for pickup on their designated recycling day. To pay for the service, residents will see $2.95 added to their monthly utility bill.

Items that are eligible for recycling under the new program include newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, and cardboard, along with clear and colored glass, aluminum and steel cans, steel jar lids, milk and juice cartons, and #1-7 plastic containers that have been rinsed or are free of food particles. Items that will not be accepted for recycling include plastic bags, pizza boxes, used paper plates, styrofoam or take-out containers, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics, electronics, paint, pesticides, and batteries.

A series of meetings to introduce the new Universal Curbside Recycling program to the public and provide an opportunity for education will be held in each of St. Petersburg’s eight council districts beginning March 23.

The eight public meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the following locations:

District 1                          March 23       J.W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N.
Council Chair Gerdes

District 2                           March 24       Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Council Member Kennedy

District 3                          March 31       Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Council Member Dudley

District 4                          April 2           Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N.
Council Member Rice

District 5                          April 7           SPC Allstate Center, Florida Room, 3200 34th St. S.
Council Member Kornell

District 6                          April 14         Frank W. Pierce Center, 2000 7th St. S.
Council Member Nurse

District 7                           April 21         Childs Park Center, 4301 13th Ave. S.
Council Member Newton

District 8                          April 28         Gladden Park Center, 3901 30th Ave. N.
Council Vice Chair Foster     

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting held in their council district but are welcome to attend any of the other scheduled meetings through April 28. For more information on the meetings and items eligible for recycling under the city’s new Universal Curbside Recycling program, visit www.stpete.org/recycle

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