Tampa unveils new recycling containers for pedestrians in downtown listen04/22/09 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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The City of Tampa has unveiled new bins for recycling on pedestrian corridors throughout downtown and the Channel District.
This morning in downtownâ€™s Lykes Gaslight Square Park, the Mayor and others used the backdrop of Earth Day to introduce the bins to the community.
Christine Burdick is president of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. â€œYou might think that trash isnâ€™t an exciting thing,â€ she said.
There will initially be 20 bins placed throughout the area, especially places with a lot of foot traffic like the port, according to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.
â€œTampa already has curbside recycling. â€¦ There was not an opportunity for our residents and our visitors, and our downtown workers to place that plastic or that aluminum in a separate container.â€
Tonja Brickhouse, the director of the cityâ€™s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, describes what the bins look like and what types of recyclables can be placed in them.
â€œPlastic bottles, cans, anything that can be put in a blue-box [curbside] recycling bin â€¦ can be put into these green receptacles.â€
The green recycling bins look very similar to normal black garbage bins but Brickhouse insists there is not much concern about people mistakenly using them for trash.
â€œWe call that â€˜contamination,â€™â€ Brickhouse said.
Items in the bins will be collected by the Tampa Downtown Partnershipâ€™s Clean Team and brought to a location to be picked up by the cityâ€™s Solid Waste Department. Funding for the recycling program is through the Downtown and Channel District Community Redevelopment Areas.