Condos, apartments would need a deal
Curbside recycling continues to hinge on two issues: 1) how many will participate? 2) how much are they willing to pay?
I think the potential impact of multifamily dwellings needs to be considered. I live in a St. Petersburg high-rise, and a year ago our condo association decided to institute its own program. In the area where trash is gathered for movement to the curb, our first-floor trash room, we have containers for newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles and recyclable plastic.
Residents who choose to participate separate out the recyclables in their individual units. The nonrecyclables go into a trash bag, which goes down the trash chute. The participating residents then take the recyclable portion to the first floor and place it in the correct containers. Cardboard containers are left there for the maintenance staff to break down and place in the container for recyclable cardboard. Once or more a week our building engineer takes most of the recyclables to one of the city's collection points. The aluminum is taken separately to a charity for abused children.
So would a building like ours participate in curbside recycling? Certainly not if we had to pay $5 per unit per month. That would amount to more than $400. Suppose the city charged only for the number of residents who participated. What about those who are part-time residents?
The city would be getting a large amount of recyclable material and making only one stop, cutting the operating costs vs. value collected in recyclables. It sounds like such a good deal that I don't see how the city could fail to give it a serious look. As I look out my window I see not only the high-rise condos and apartment buildings of downtown but also the smaller, lower complexes that dot the Old Northeast.
If curbside recycling has reached the serious discussion stage, please take into consideration condos like ours. Make us all an offer that is attractive. Otherwise, we will continue to go green solo.
In any case, I personally urge the other condos and high-rises to also go green. I would add that I write as an individual condo owner and not as a representative of the condo association.
Richard Oliver, St. Petersburg
As naysayer, Bostock flies solo April 12, story
Bostock's approach deserves applause
Great article on Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock.
Maybe those who "go along to get along" should go! It seems to me that practice has helped get us where we are today with the current budget shortfall.
Bostock's refreshing approach to challenging the status quo to get better results for the taxpayers should be hailed as gutsy and just what we need in these very tough times.
Keep it up, Nancy!
Craig Smith, Tierra Verde