Tampa wants to know why some people don't recycle

04/09/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last week the Tampa Tribune reported on a grant the City of Tampa received to pay a consultant about why more people in Tampa don’t recycle.


That’s led to some consternation among some citizens, at least by judging some letters to the Tribune’s editor in Sunday’s paper.


But Barbara Heineken, the City’s Manager in charge of recycling, says some of that reaction isn’t based on all the facts (roll tape#1o.q.”to 80%”)


And Heineken says some of that money will go into educating citizens as to the benefits of recycling (roll tape#2 o.q. “to recylcle”)


Heineken says parts of East Tampa, and Ybor City are the lowest areas in the City to recycle.


City Councilman John Dingfelder says he’s a bit skeptical of hiring a consultant
(roll tape#2 o.q.”the educational phase”)


In letters sent to the editor on Sunday, several citizens complained that they’ve been frustrated in not getting blue recycling bins from the City.  Tampa Recycling Manager            

Barbara Heineken insists that the procedure is relatively painfree  (roll tape#3 o.q.”blue box”)


Speaking of doing positive things for the environment, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced last week that she has traded in her city issued Lincoln Town Car for  a Toyota Camry Hybrid because of its improved gas mileage, estimated at 4o miles per hour.

It follows the Mayor finally signing on to the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement, joining over 300 other cities whose Mayors have agreed to enact policies and programs to try to reduce greenhouse gas .At the same time the Mayor announced she would now be cruising in a hybrid, she also announced a pilot hybrid vehicle replacement program directing the City  to begin with the purchase of 10 Ford Escape Hybrids.City Councilman John Dingfelder said he found this news interesting, considering he was shot down when he proposed something similar recently (roll tape#3 o.q.”on that”)Dingfelder says its important to lead by example – although he confesses he’s not doing that in his own driving (roll tape#4 o.q.”head in that direction”) Tampa Residents can get recycling by going to the city's Web site, www.tampagov.net, or calling (813) 348-1111 


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