Junk mail, cardboard can now be recycled
The city's solid waste department has expanded its curbside recycling program. The city announced July 1 that it is now accepting phone books, junk mail, office paper, brown paper bags and cardboard in addition to newspaper and magazines with its curbside recycling. Coordinator Nina Stokes said cardboard must be flattened and cut down. Larger boxes such as those from refrigerators, will not be accepted. She said the city was "missing out on a huge component" of recycling by excluding these items.
"There's a huge amount of material ending up in the trash that could be recycled," she said.
Event offers strategies for college freshmen
The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce will present The Five Secret Strategies for Succeeding in Your First College Semester at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at Borders, 909 N Dale Mabry Highway. Jeff Karon, a former college professor with more than 20 years of experience, will discuss strategies for a smooth transition from high school into college. The event is free for students and parents; however, reservations are required. Send an e-mail to jeff firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop to detail foreclosure issues
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and area housing experts will host a foreclosure assistance workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hunt Community Center at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Finance and housing professionals will meet one-on-one with families about their foreclosure issues. The event is free. For more information, call 871-2817.