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Newton reacts to mayor’s flip-flop on curbside recycling listen

09/25/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has reversed his long-held position and will now support a Pinellas County proposal to bring curbside recycling to his city. The county’s program will not cost residents because it will be funded by a surplus in revenues generated by solid waste collection.

Before today’s Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting in St. Petersburg, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke today with City Council member Wengay Newton, to get his reaction to Baker’s change of heart.

“I t...

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Will St. Pete join with county for curbside recycling? listen

09/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Pinellas decided last week to move ahead with a plan to offer curbside recycling for all county residents by next year. Despite opposition from the mayor, several St. Petersburg City Council members are trying to get the county’s largest city on board.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has long opposed curbside recycling citing environmental and financial costs. On Monday, St. Petersburg City Council member Karl Nurse wrote a letter to officials from the city and Pinellas County suggesti...

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Pinellas considers countywide recycling program listen

09/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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In a little over a year, Pinellas County residents will be able to participate in a curbside recycling program. During a work session today, the Board of County Commissioners agreed to move forward with putting curbside recycling in place in the unincorporated county and in cities that choose to opt-in to the program.

Bob Houser, Pinellas County’s director of Solid Waste, said the program would be paid for at least for the next 10 to 15 years by a surplus fund in the solid waste depart...

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Entrepreneur creates curbside recycling in St. Pete listen

07/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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For years, residents in St. Petersburg, especially environmentally conscious ones, have bemoaned the lack of a curbside recycling program.

With the city refusing to commit to such a service, one private resident has decided to do something about that.

Greg Foster, 22, began St. Pete Recycling Solutions, a subscriber-based recycling program, at the beginning of this year. Currently he says he has more than 600 customers throughout St. Pete and other parts of Pinellas County.

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Parents push schools to go green listen

04/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group of environmentally conscious parents and educators has formed in Hillsborough County to encourage schools to go green. This Environmental Improvement Force met today to share their accomplishments and ideas for upcoming initiatives with Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

The Environmental Improvement Force met at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa. Leslie Farrell, chairman and founder, described the group's mission.

“We’re a nonpolitical, no...

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