The City of Tamarac touts itself as being certifiably a Green City. The Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc. (FGBC) certified the City of Tamarac as a Green Local Government at the Gold level. Only 3 cities achieved this certification in South Florida demonstration their level of commitment to the environment. Buildings such as the Tamarac Community Center which rely exclusively on solar power, energy-efficient lighting at outdoor facilities and geothermal pool heaters show that the city builds with the environment in mind.
With recycling implemented through our city-wide trash hauler, All Service Refuse, most residents are on-board when it comes to recycling. This is why I find it troubling that Tamarac’s Parks and Recreation department are not encouraging recycling like other cities. After checking for recycling bins in many of the area parks, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are none to be found. With the large amount of bottled water that is consumed daily, not to mention soda cans, having recycling cans will not only cut down in the amount of solid waste, it would affirm our city’s level of commitment to the environment. It is also a good reminder to our park users, young and old, to always be cognizant of the need to recycle.
Let’s truly be a green city and get more recycling bins. Since our residents already recycle at home, they will easily adapt at our public parks.
Response from Greg Warner – Director Parks and Recreation:
Sharon, hope you are having a good day! Saw you article in Tamarac Talk regarding the lack of recycling containers at our parks. You are always a step ahead of us! We currently have two (2) large containers at the Sports Complex and one (1) large container at Tamarac Park. It may have delayed us in retaining additional containers, but we wanted to decide on the right type of container. With most recycling containers in parks, they end up as general trash cans. Many times, people will not take the extra few steps to deposit their trash in a garbage can, so they end up putting it into the recycling containers. With that in mind, we have found the type of container that we feel will encourage people to just use them for recycling. These containers are on order for the remainder of our smaller parks.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks and have a great day!
Parks and Recreation Department
8601 W. Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac, FL 33351-4333
Actually Parks and Recreation are one step ahead of me. Can’t wait until more recycling cans are seen at every park. May I suggest that you order the cans in a bright blue color and make sure they are clearly marked for recyclables? This way, people will notice the difference between these and the trash bins. Oh yes, please consider ordering enough so that each one stands next to a garbage can. This will also prevent people from putting trash into it. Thank you so much for your response, Greg.