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St. Petersburg alley recycling to start in late January



It's official: the recycling battle of the summer of 2015 is over.

Peace, declared in September by Mayor Rick Kriseman when he announced the city would reverse what had been a stone-wall stance against alley pick-ups, has paid its dividends.

On Tuesday, Kriseman tweeted that alley pick-ups for the 40 percent of residents who get their trash collected in the alleys would start on January 25.

The issue had inflamed neighborhoods like Old Northeast and Kenwood, whose residents lobbied Kriseman incessantly to change course. The controversy possibly contributed to the downfall of longtime Public Works Administrator Mike Connors. 

Now it's history. Director of Neighborhood Affairs Mike Dove, who spent countless hours in the city's often overgrown alleys making sure slightly-larger recycling trucks could get through, told Kriseman in a cabinet meeting that the late January start is a go.

The City Council will get an update on alley pickups at its Thursday meeting. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:07pm]


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