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Pinellas to start curbside recycling pickup ... in 2013?

Despite a lobbying press by Progress Florida, county officials are recommending another delay in the start of curbside recycling service.

A presentation for the County Commission's Tuesday meeting sets a schedule to provide a detailed plan in January. Then a county-overseen garbage and recycling service would begin by Jan. 1, 2013.

But County Commissioner Ken Welch, an advocate for starting soon, said beginning the program earlier is doable. Already, most of the 24 cities have programs, and St. Petersburg seems poised to begin too. That leaves a third of the county without it, though some neighborhoods privately contract for it. (The county would contract for service in unincorporated areas and reimburse cities that do it.)

"I would like to see us move forward again in a phased approach," Welch said.

But there has been little agreement on the board about recycling, and the idea of franchising garbage service has split the board, too.

From county memos:

"Although the Commissioners did share many common concerns, there was no clear consensus regarding implementing either curbside collection, and/or solid waste collection. Some Commissioners were in favor of curbside recycling, but not franchising solid waste collection, and vice versa. Future analysis of the various options for both collection systems should consider the programs implemented together, as well as

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:34pm]


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