The City of St. Petersburg has launched its long heralded mandatory-fee, “universal” recycling program to great fanfare. It then immediately crashed on the rocks of utopian shores. Ugly blue cans are forced in front of Historic Kenwood and other homes with no option for Alley pickup. The 95 gallon bins sit full with rotting cat food tins and decaying wet newspaper – awaiting city pickup. The city still has no contract with a private company to buy the collected recyclables to – you know- recycle them. The city also doesn’t even have the system set up to pick up the cans with the highly lauded government bureaucracy that was going to do a better job than a private company! City Council Woman Darden Rice thinks that is just fine!
More to come on loss of private recycling in St. Pete this week.*
As you recall, she lead the parade away from private companies doing the work that private companies do well. This was described on the Sunbeam Times when she and her friends were begging for Pinellas county government money to subsidize the St. Pete program’s higher costs. On Friday, she responded to a Sunbeam Times Friday funnies pointing out the failures she created. A tweet of the cartoon was sent out by the blog founder (yours truly, Dr. David McKalip. It pointed out that she was the one to blame for this debacle since she did not want a private company. Her response was typical of the hard core progressive left when they have a failure – double down on defending the bad decision and attack the obvious good approach! Here is the tweet train from Friday.
So instead of recognizing that her decision to avoid a private company for pickup is causing the current debacle, she attacks private companies! You see in Darden’s view, private companies are always evil. They set trash fires. They employ children – likely as slave labor. They observe no safety standards whatsoever. One wonders if the car being driven by Darden was built by a private company. Was the house she lives in built by the government? How about the food she eats – manufactured in a government kitchen?
Councilwoman Darden Rice should recognize when she has made a major public policy blunder and change course. However, it is clear she never will. The sad news for us tax-paying plebs is that we must continue to suffer under future bad decisions of Darden Rice that will further degrade the quality of life in St. Pete and our own private bank accounts.
*There was a company – completely outside the government – that had been picking up recyclables in front of many houses in St. Petersburg. They were driven out of business by the government’s Universal recycling program. Their story this week.