September Message from Mayor Skip Campbell
Important Updates on Events and Recycling Right
With summer behind us and school back in session – it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming historical and educational events taking place in the City of Coral Springs.
The terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001 left an indelible mark upon our nation and its history. In the aftermath of such tragedy came renewed faith in preserving the memory and actions of those who lost their lives on that day. One of those initiatives is the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit. Launched in 2013 by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the exhibit, which is housed in a 1,000 square foot trailer - is a tribute and educational tool that travels across the country. The exhibit will be located in the parking area between the Public Safety Building and Coral Springs Gymnasium (located at 2601 Coral Springs Drive). Pre-scheduled students from Coral Springs schools will visit the exhibit each morning, with public viewing on September 11th from 2-8 p.m. and September 12th from 4-8 p.m. Additional details about the mobile exhibit’s ceremonial arrival, our 9/11 memorial service and ticket reservations are located at coralsprings.org/events.
Have you purchased your tickets to the City’s annual International Dinner Dance - Bella Notte in Italia – That’s Amore – scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m.? Guests will enjoy Italian cuisine, dancing and live entertainment, for more information, call 954-344-1005.
While I am looking forward to these events, I am also focused on a serious issue affecting our City and municipalities across the nation – recycling contamination. The City entered into a new contract for recyclable material processing which includes penalties for excessive contamination. I want to ensure our residents and businesses better understand why these changes are in place and how we can work together to make recycling right in Coral Springs.
China, the largest overseas market to procure our recyclable material, no longer accepts foreign waste – stating recyclable material from the U.S. and other countries is over-contaminated, resulting in an environmental hazard. The truth is, our recycling has become too wet, dirty and commonly mixed with non-recyclable material – downgrading the value.
Under our new processing contract, there is a 10% threshold for contamination. If we are unable to reach that goal, the City will be financially penalized. Understand, Waste Management is the only company to offer a bid to collect our recycling. There were no other options at the conclusion of our contract with Sun Bergeron; and recycling is too important for our environment to simply “stop” and start sending our recyclables to the landfill. Our City chose to lead the way for other municipalities by being the first to accept the new term of this contract and launched an educational campaign for residents and businesses.
Less contamination translates to higher market value for our recyclables and reduces the amount of material sent for disposal at a landfill. I urge residents to follow the list of materials that are depicted on the recycling cart lid. Perhaps you can assign a family member to handle recycling for your family. As a reminder, always check your blue cart before putting it out to the curb to ensure all items are approved recyclable materials. Visit coralsprings.org/recycleright for a list of common contaminants, and for more information on recycling right.
If you would like to meet with me to discuss City issues, feel free to visit during my office hours. I hold office hours the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall in the City Commission Office. To make an appointment, please call 954-344-5911. I encourage you to follow the City of Coral Springs official Facebook and Twitter pages to remain up-to-date about news and events in our community.
Public Information Officer/Writer