The League Recycling Committee has been a vital force in helping the City of St. Petersburg go green.
This working group is led by Karen Coale and Kathy Mossing. What started in 2012 when the League commissioned the Kessler Report, and the subsequent League-led community advocacy campaign to bring Universal Curbside Recycling to all St. Petersburg households, has evolved into an educational program focused on supporting the city’s implementation and expansion through its branded coalition, The Peoples Trash.
UCR passed in 2014 under a newly-elected city council and mayoral regime, and was implemented in January of 2015 coincident with a change in city staff leadership. In July of 2015, the city responded to the concerns of the citizens and initiated alley pick-up in Kenwood and parts of the old NE. Beginning in 2016, the City of St. Petersburg initiated alley pick-ups for recycling at houses throughout the city. Next in line will be recycling service to condo residences. These first years of the program saw substantial uptake, with participation and and tonnage per household exceeding expectations. The League, in coalition with the Peoples Trash, continued advocacy efforts with the mayor, city council, and city staff to support public awareness, participation and education to ensure successful implementation.
The goal of the League through its leadership in the coalition is to ensure that the city metrics continue to ensure accountability and to encourage expansion of the program to multiunit households, hospitality and tourism establishments, and businesses. Challenges to the program include saturation of the processing plant capacity, potentially limiting the opportunity for the program to grow.
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