Cooperative Venture Brings Recycling to 17 Area Parks
Recycling is coming to 17 area parks, due in large measure to a cooperative program sponsored by several Fairfax County agencies, and the willingness of local athletes to lend a hand. Athletes from Fairfax Adult Softball will be providing manpower and lots of enthusiasm. Recycling dumpsters and one recycling bin per field will be placed in parks that have the heaviest athletic usage. Those include parks with five or more athletic fields as well as Mason District Park and Lee District Park. Several athletic organizations have already volunteered to empty recycling bins into large dumpsters onsite.
Working in partnership with the Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Program as well as the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, the Park Authority believes this program, set to start on April 9, 2012, will be successful and respond to suggestions from the community to recycle at area parks. “We want to do the right thing environmentally, but were challenged in terms of having the staff to do so,” said Todd Johnson, director of the Park Authority Park Operations Division. “Now with this volunteer assistance and our joint approach to managing this recycling effort, we can make this a reality at the parks with the greatest usage.”
Sharon Sealock, Fairfax Adult Softball administrator noted that players were very concerned about the enormous amount of recyclable material generated in the parks where they played and insisted on a greener approach to trash management. “This has been at the top of everyone’s consciousness, said Sealock, “We wanted to support a green value and are pleased and excited to be able to partner with the Park Authority. With nearly 10,000 players in our group we were confident we could get the job done.”
The parks included in this effort include: Baron Cameron, Braddock, Byron Avenue, E.C. Lawrence, Franconia, Great Falls Nike, Greenbriar, Grist Mill, Lake Fairfax, Lee District, Mason District, Nottoway, Pine Ridge, Poplar Tree, South Run, Spring Hill and Wakefield Park.
For more information on this program contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662. For more information on recycling visit Fairfax County Government online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/recycling/