Best Of 2005

BEST PLACE TO RECYCLE AND FORAGE FOR FREE DETRITUS: Recycle Center in N.E. St. Pete

Across from Mangrove Bay Gulf Course on 62nd Avenue N.E., hidden behind a tall stand of trees and a lengthy privacy fence, is one of St. Pete’s six RecyclaMat/Brush Site centers. The huge lot is a drop-off site for virtually all recyclable materials: glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans, magazines and newspapers, phone books, junk mail and yard clippings. Each receptacle is clearly labeled, so there’s no question as to what goes where. You can also cop free mulch and firewood, dispose of appliances, and if you’re stocking up for a move, you can choose from a stockpile of broken-down cardboard boxes. The city of St. Petersburg lags in the recycling department, but at least there are depots like this, where if you want to recycle you can, and you trash-pick while you’re there.