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15 Simple Ways to Green Your Routine and Help

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If you toss hazardous products into the trash, they could end up in a landfill where the chemicals can seep into the ground, but even before that, hazardous material in the trash could injure a garbage collection worker, child playing outside or a passer-by.  Please properly dispose of HHW

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Plastic bags, pizza boxes, and Styrofoam do not go in your blue recycling cart? And, don’t put clothes hangers in there either. Click on the link for a handy graphic on what does and does not go in your cart. 

BE A "GREEN YOUR ROUTINE" VOLUNTEER

Help protect the environment and earn grant funds for your neighborhood.

If you are environmentally conscientious, live in the City of Fort Lauderdale, and can offer at least four hours per month, we encourage you to become a "Green Your Routine" (GYR) volunteer.

GYR volunteers work with City staff and local associations to promote recycling, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. By volunteering, you can earn funds for your neighborhood or condominium association.

What is a "Green Your Routine Volunteer”?

GYR Volunteers are association members that earn grant funds for their associations. They work directly with the Green Your Routine Coordinator to promote waste reduction and recycling in our community, and they earn points for other sustainability volunteerism as well.

Neighborhood associations may appoint one resident or a group of residents to represent the neighborhood to earn dollars for the association under the SIG.

Do volunteers meet?

Yes, they meet to receive information from the City, share their experiences, trade helpful materials and knowledge, and just to get to know each other. Registered volunteers meet the SECOND Monday of EVERY OTHER month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the City of Fort Lauderdale Sanitation Administration Building, located at 220 SW 14th Avenue.

How does my association earn money?

The Green Your Routine Coordinator develops specific activities for each year's SIG. Each of the activities is worth a set amount of points. In September of each year, representatives submit an application documenting points earned during the fiscal year, which is October 1 – September 30. The SIG is presented to each participating community at a City Commission meeting. In addition, volunteers receive a thank you gift from the City for their participation and support of the program. To see how much your efforts can bring back to your association, take a look at the 2017 - 2018 SIG Award Results. 

How do I sign up?

To become a volunteer, please contact your neighborhood homeowners' association and let the President, a designated public liaison or committee organizer know that you are interested in participating. 

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The City of Fort Lauderdale hosts a number of tree giveaways each year, whether as stand-alone events or in a tandem with other City, neighborhood or celebratory events.  The goal of these events is to encourage tree planting and to increase the number and variety of tree species in our urban canopy.  trees provided free to residents include flowering and fruiting varieties.  Proof of residency is required to participate in tree giveaways.   For additional details, please call 954-828-5785 or email the City Urban Forester at  mawilliams@fortlauderdale.gov.