Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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More St. Pete residents could qualify for once-a-week trash pickup

ST. PETERSBURG — Thousands of homes could save $55 a year on trash fees by downgrading to once-a-week pickup if City Council approves a new ordinance.

City Council members will vote at a future meeting on whether to allow more homes to qualify for once-a-week service instead of the standard two pickups.

Currently, only homes on property lots of 8,500 square feet or less can qualify for the once-a-week pickup. They also must consume less than 5,000 gallons of water a month and have only one or two people living in the home.

The issue came up on Thursday when City Council member Ed Montanari proposed changing the requirements. He said a constituent contacted him about an elderly neighbor who otherwise qualified for the decreased service  but was denied because of the size of her property.

Members of the public services and infrastructure committee voted to drop the property size stipulation and add a requirement that the home must participate in the city's recycling program.

Neighborhood Affairs Administrator Rob Gerdes said the city expects about 600 new households to take advantage of the program, should City Council approve the change. That would cost the sanitation department about $33,000 in lost revenue annually.

"If we expanded and had a similar participation rate, we'd be able to handle the decrease in revenue," Gerdes said.

People who are interested in reducing their trash pickup can fill out a one page application with the city.

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