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Kathleen Ford hits both ends of Truth-O-Meter with recycling claims

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ST. PETERSBURG — This just in: St. Petersburg still is without curbside recycling.

Update: It continues to be an issue in city politics.

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The topic resurfaced Wednesday at a mayoral debate between Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster. This time, Ford, a 52-year-old lawyer and former City Council member, said a pilot recycling project she helped start in the 1990s was more or less a sham perpetuated by the city.

"We implemented the city's first curbside recycling program in the North Shore neighborhood way back in the late 1990s," Ford said during the candidate forum at Lakewood High School. "And it continued until 2000, until we found out Mayor (David) Fischer was not really recycling. ... He went ahead and took (the recycling) to the dump."

Two questions jump out from Ford's statement: Did she help start the city's first curbside recycling program? And was the city pitching a recycling program then simply pitching the recycling?

See how Ford's statement rates on our Truth-O-Meter here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:09pm]

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