Best Of 2008

BEST CAPITALIZING ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM: St. Pete Recycling Solutions

Curbside recycling has always been a contentious issue in St. Petersburg. For more than a decade, neighborhood activists and city leaders have clashed over its merits. Most Tampa Bay municipalities have embraced curbside recycling, but the mayor of St. Pete — which was designated Florida’s first “green city” (by the Florida Green Building Coalition) — has consistently argued it is inefficient and too costly. Enter Greg Foster, a University of South Florida alum and Shore Acres resident who has found an innovative solution to the ’Burg’s lack of recycling: capitalism. For $15 a month, Foster and his team will pick up your recyclables once a week and save you the hassle of taking them to a recycling center. No fuss, no muss and a small boost to the local economy. 727-452-5278, oursprs.com