Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Safety Harbor hopes to boost participation with single-stream recycling

SAFETY HARBOR — To make the city a little greener, Safety Harbor plans to roll out a new single-stream recycling program.

The program will let residents put all their recyclables into one big green bin. The aim is to increase participation in recycling, but it also stands to save the city thousands of dollars.

That's because it costs a lot more to dispose of trash than it does to recycle. And a lot of what gets thrown away could be recycled instead.

Beginning in January, the city's public works department will move the first residents over to single-stream recycling. Residents will receive new 64-gallon recycling bins with wheels and a yellow lid that will explain what is recyclable and what isn't.

For Safety Harbor residents, this will mean being able to recycle glass and cardboard from home instead of having to haul those items to a city dropoff location.

Before the end of 2013, the rest of the residents will start on the single-stream system.

"The whole plan is to make it easier for my residents so they can put more out" to recycle, said city recycling coordinator Sherri Kennedy.

If residents recycle more, they will throw away less trash. That means less money the city will have to spend on landfill fees and more money earned selling recyclable materials.

For residents, that translates to keeping sanitation rates from increasing, Kennedy said.

And it ushers in the next phase: In 2014, the city will reduce twice-a-week trash pick-up to once a week.

The same single-stream truck can be used for trash pickup at the beginning of the week, then washed out and labeled with a magnetic decal showing the city's "Recycling Guys" logo to make the recycling rounds. That should reduce fuel and equipment costs, Kennedy said.

Another goal is to increase the number of residents who recycle. About 32 percent of Safety Harbor residents set their recycling bins out for collection, Kennedy said.

With single-stream recycling, the goal is 50 percent participation. Eventually, the city would like to draw 70 percent or more.

In Oldsmar, the number of residents who recycle skyrocketed after the city switched to single-stream recycling. Ini- tially, about 35 percent of residents participated in the recycling program. The city now boasts a rate of about 75 percent.

Dunedin also moved toward single-stream recycling this year. Clearwater is testing the idea with a pilot program.

A small percentage of Safety Harbor residents won't transition to the single-stream recycling process at all, Kennedy said. This includes elderly communities, as residents might struggle with the larger receptacles, and neighborhoods that don't have space for larger bins or that are on dead-end streets where the single-stream truck can't maneuver.

And as for everyone else's old green bins? Once the new program is in place, they'll be recycled, of course.

Stephanie Wang can be reached at (727) 445-4155 or [email protected]

Comments

High school scoreboard for Feb. 22

Thursday’s scoreboardSoftballBoca Ciega 4, Pinellas Park 2Admiral Farragut 7, Northside Christian 1Boys tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Clearwater Central Cath. 4, Jesuit 3Girls tennisOsceola 7, Dixie Hollins 0Boys basketballClass 3A, region semifina...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Deputy ‘never went in’ during Parkland school shooting. There were other failures, too

Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

A case for wild flamingos calling Florida their home

In 2015, Conchy the flamingo showed up at Florida’s Naval Air Station Key West, and he wouldn’t leave. Normally, managers on the grounds lethally remove feathered troublemakers — it can be very dangerous with birds flying around million-dollar fighte...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Florida man yells ‘murderers!’ as he’s executed for slaying

Associated PressSTARKE — An inmate convicted of raping and killing a college student decades ago screamed and yelled "murderers!" three times, thrashing on a gurney as he was being put to death Thursday. The governor’s office said Eric Scott Branch, ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

After Parkland, another plea for rumor control: ‘This is not a joke’ (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The mayor and the police chief came to Northeast High on Thursday to warn students about the dangers of circulating rumors of school safety threats on social media.While they were there, one of those unfounded rumors popped up on Fac...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Administrator Haley Loeun fired from CareerSource jobs centers

Haley Loeun, a top aide to the embattled leader of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards, was fired Thursday from her $130,000-a-year position as business services director.Loeun came under criticism after the Tampa Bay Times reported that employ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife, another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the cit...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Donald Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the president’s call last summer for a ban on all transgender service, acc...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

Sen. Marco Rubio faces tough audience at riveting CNN forum on gun violence

After an emotionally draining day that captured national attention — the massive rally in Tallahassee and a small, tearful gathering of survivors at the White House — CNN’s Wednesday night town hall on the Parkland shooting could have easily been ove...
Updated: 6 hours ago