Neighbor Group Convinces City to Waive Trash Fees Temporarily

Cathy Salustri


  Urged on by community service organization Gulfport Neighbors, the City of Gulfport will waive its fees for large-item pickup this Saturday only – provided residents bring the trash to the Gulfport Neighborhood Center.

 For the first time ever, Gulfport will partner with the Gulfport Neighbors to allow residents only to dispose of unwanted items for free this coming Saturday. From 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Gulfport residents can bring most unwanted items (with certain exceptions, below) to the Gulfport Neighborhood Center at 1617 49th Street for disposal, swap, or sale.

  “The Junk in the Trunk is a great way to get rid of stuff for free,” Gulfport Neighbors board member Margarete Tober said. “People are always complaining about the fees the city charges–so this is an alternative.”

  Ordinarily, Gulfport residents must pay $17 per claw grab for any trash that will not fit in a trash can. On Saturday, the city will waive that fee.

  “Historically, the City of Gulfport’s sense of community is grounded in numerous civic-minded service groups and individuals stepping forward to participate in many community enhancement endeavors over the years,” said City Manager Jim O’Reilly, who authorized the waiving of fees for the day.  

  The city cannot accept drugs, liquor, plants, paints, chemicals, or batteries. Call the Gulfport Police (893-1030) for information on how to dispose of drugs; bring paints, chemicals and batteries to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center (Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.; located at 2855 109th Avenue North in St. Petersburg). 

  Gulfport residents pay these special collection fees curbside, all of which the city will waive at the Neighborhood Center only this Saturday:

A single pick-up item $17
A ‘white good” (appliances) $34
Vehicle tires are $17 each
Car batteries are $8.50 each
20-lb bottled gas cylinders (must be empty) $17
TV’s and Computer components each $25

  In addition, residents can register their bicycles with the police and meet Gulfport Lieutenant Josh Stone for the first ever “Java With Josh,” where residents can sit with a police officer and express their concerns, displeasures, or questions over a cup of coffee.

  The event, the brainchild of Gulfport Neighbors, earned praise from City Manager O’Reilly, who told the Gabber he was pleased the city could help.

  “The City’s ability to support groups like the ‘Neighbors’ goes a long way in fostering community pride and expands our outreach,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “Fundamental events such as ‘Junk in Trunk’ provide a two-fold community benefit: the event provides residents the opportunity to discard of unused materials at no cost and creates a climate where the [Gulfport] Neighbors can further develop a network of volunteers to better perform community service projects.”