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Recycling directory now available

Recycling directory now available

The new Recycle Today: 2014 Pinellas County Recycling Directory has just been released. The directory is packed with the latest information about how to recycle in Pinellas County including local options for recycling cans, glass bottles, plastics #1-7, paper, yard waste, cardboard, electronics, chemicals and motor oil. 

Commercial fertilizer classes offered at the county Extension

Commercial fertilizer classes offered at the county Extension

Pinellas County, Florida -- As of Jan. 1, anyone applying fertilizer commercially must carry the new Limited Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate.

This requires completing the Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) training, passing the exam and then applying for the license.

On Tuesday Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the Pinellas County Extension is offering a GI-BMP certification class. The class is $15 and the state certification is $25.

It’s another year of fun, facts and fascination at county preserves

It’s another year of fun, facts and fascination at county preserves

Pinellas County, Florida -- Here some fun outdoor events happening at Weedon Island Preserve and Brooker Creek Preserve:

Weedon Island Preserve

Weedon Island Preserve continues the numerous opportunities available for hikers. Each Saturday in January hikers can learn about the ecosystems and early residents of the preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and boardwalks through mangrove forests. This two-hour hike, beginning at 9 a.m. is best for ages 6 and older. Advance registration required.

Salvaging the sewers

Salvaging the sewers
Gulfport, Florida -- If council approves a loan, contractors could fix Gulfport's aging sewers by the end of 2015. At Tuesday night's council meeting, councillors heard the second of two presentations.  The first presentation, heard at the December 3 meeting, came from ConEdison Solutions. ConEd Solutions' program would allow Gulfport to borrow the money over up to 20 years. ConEd representatives told Gulfport the city would save money annually with the sewer improvements but if it did not, ConEd would pay the difference.

Don’t trash the holidays - reduce holiday trash

Don’t trash the holidays - reduce holiday trash

Pinellas County, Florida -- The holidays are a season for giving but we often end up giving too much to the landfill. Holiday gift wrap, cardboard and party goods add up to truckloads of extra garbage.

Start your own “reduce, reuse and recycle” traditions to trim holiday waste.

Green holiday tips:

• Give an eco-friendly present such as a gift card, zoo pass, event ticket or fishing license instead of items that will ultimately be thrown away.

The million dollar sewer question

The million dollar sewer question

Gulfport, Florida -- Don Sopak warned council that the city’s sewers needed replacing, and Tuesday night the city heard about one of two possible programs that would help Gulfport finance what city staff calls much-needed repairs.

Mr. Sopak, the city’s public works director, presented a plan for the city in the summer of 2011. That plan, a state revolving fund, allowed the city to borrow up to $1-million and repay the loan over five years at 2.35%. Council initially agreed to borrow the money but reversed their decision in October 2011.

Clam Bayou Cleanup

Clam Bayou Cleanup

Gulfport, Florida -- Jennifer Colson plucks trash from Clam Bayou Nature Park at Saturday morning’s Coastal Cleanup.

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