Killing Private Recycling – St. Pete Councilwoman Rice is PROUD!

Darden Rice REALLY has a problem with private businesses! See full conversation below.

St. Pete Councilwoman Darden Rice REALLY Seems to have a problem with private businesses! See full conversation below.

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.

rice proud to kill private recycling

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.



4 Replies:

  1. JohnB

    I moved the blue monster to the alley thinking it was for the whole neighborhood. I recently heard a rumor that it cannot be picked up in the alley because the (non-existing) recycle trucks are too large for our alleys.
    Unfortunately, others have filled it up so my original plan of putting it in the big green garbage can and sending it off as garbage has been foiled. It is getting rather ripe as the daily temps increase.
    If I ever find it empty again, I am delivering it to the steps of City Hall – or maybe to Rice’s curb so she can recycle even more of her progressive trash.
    This is so typical of the clowns in City Hall – and it is getting worse now that that the head clown obviously has a PhD in clowning. This is an example of Rice’s attempt to get some advanced credits in clown acts.
    I am calling City Hall today and requesting they remove the blue thing as I never wanted it in the first place and I certainly do not want it on my curb. It is simply another tax increase that will lead to more costs and more tax increases.

  2. Matthew

    In Mexico the trash is separated into organic and inorganic at the home and placed in different containers or bags. Recyclables are sorted out and recycled by private individuals and firms. The organic refuse is safely landfilled and the inorganic is further sorted and any additional recyclable components are removed from the waste stream and the remainder is landfilled apart from the easily composted organics.

    I wonder why they can do it but St. Pete can’t.

    Oh, liberals. That is why. They always know better.

  3. Tom


    We are finding many flaws in this new program but we can help the city fix them and make it work. The city has been behind for decades and is just now catching up.

    Composting at home makes a lot of sense if you have some space in your yard. You can save the cost of fertilizer, mulch and potting soil by recycling organic material. Clearwater and other cities pick up yard waste for composting but St. Pete does not yet.

    Reduce water and fertilizer to a minimum to reduce production of yard waste.

    The city tells us it costs $37 a ton to dispose of trash and only $20 to dispose of recyclable material. It is in our interest to fill up the blue containers and save the public (us) almost half the disposal cost.

    Private business buys and processes the waste.

    1. Matthew

      I guess St. Pete should have asked Clearwater how to do it properly rather than playing it by ear.

      I hope the city fixes it, those big blue bins make horrible planters.

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