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UNIVERSAL CURBSIDE RECYCLING CARTS MAKE DEBUT IN ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 4, 2015) –  St. Petersburg’s Universal Curbside Recycling program rolls closer to reality today, May 4, as the city’s Sanitation Department begins zone-by-zone delivery of blue, 95-gallon recycling carts in selected neighborhoods. Beginning today, single-and multi-family residences up to four units in zone 1, located along the eastern edge of the city to Pinellas Point Dr. S., will take delivery of recycling carts. Deliveries will continue until residential addresses in each zone have received a recycling cart, or by approximately June 30.

Each recycling cart features an outside colored decal that corresponds to the resident’s collection zone and day as well as a welcome kit located inside the cart. The welcome kit includes a personalized zone map/collection schedule, informational magnet, a list of drop-off recycling and brush site locations, and facts about curbside recycling. Customers are encouraged to match the cart sticker to the zone collection map found in their welcome kit to determine their designated recycling day.

Items eligible for curbside recycling include newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, and cardboard, as well as clear and colored glass, aluminum and steel cans, steel jar lids, milk and juice cartons, and #1-7 plastic containers. All items except paper products should be rinsed and free of food particles before recycling. Items that will not be accepted include plastic bags, pizza boxes, used paper plates, Styrofoam or take-out containers, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics, electronics, paint, pesticides, and batteries.

Five city-operated recycling drop-off and brush site locations will remain open as well as other locations that accept selected recyclables in St. Petersburg. A list of locations is available at www.stpete.org/brushsites. Residents are encouraged to dispose of any hazardous materials, chemicals, fertilizer, paint, or electronics during the next Mobile Collection Day September 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S.

When recycling collections officially begin on June 29, residents may deposit eligible recyclables in the 95 gallon recycling cart before placing it at the curb by 7 a.m. on their designated recycling day. Residents will see an additional $2.95 curbside recycling charge added to their monthly utility bill beginning in August.

More information about St. Petersburg’s Universal Curbside Recycling program is available at www.stpete.org/recycle. Questions about the program should be directed to the Sanitation Department, 727-893-7838. 

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