TAMPA, Fla. - It's clean up time across much of downtown Tampa. Super Bowl LV events were grand and so was the decor that decorated the city.
But now that it is over, the decor must go.
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- Super Bowl decor being removed; much of it will given to local non-profits and organizations
- Process takes longer, but organizers agree it's better than throwing items away
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But it isn't torn down and thrown out, instead most of it is given away.
“Our mission has been for a long time now to work with local community groups and find folks who can reuse, re-purpose, even in some cases take some of the material and auction it off, to raise money for their particular organization," said Jack Groh, NFL Green Director.
As much as possible is given to local non-profits, municipalities and area organizations like the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Hillsborough Education Foundations, and the City of Tampa.
On Wednesday at Julian B. Lane Park, blue fence meshing, bike rack covers, vinyl fence wrap, and trash cans were picked up.
"The items that we have received from the NFL Green program will be used throughout the city," said Sherisha Hills, Tampa's Parks and Recreation Interim Director. "The items will find their way to community parks, sports complexes and used at different sites around the park system. The garbage cans are always welcomed, and we are looking to place several of these at our Little League complexes and areas that have heavy use. Some of the vinyl items may even find their way to our Arts division to be "upcycled" and used in our Art programs."
As for how valuable everything is, Groh admits it's hard to estimate.
“I can give you an exact number, it’s a whole bunch," he laughs. "Honestly, what happens is we are so busy getting materials into other folks hands that it is impossible for us to track everything.”
NFL Green said for previous Super Bowls, some cities have estimated it is close to a million dollars worth of materials.
Breaking down the materials this way does take longer, but almost everyone agrees it is better to save and reuse than to throw away.
"Not only is it important to recycle and reuse the donated materials from a "Green" perspective, but they are a value add to our neighborhood parks," said Hills. "This year in particular is very special with our Bucs as Super Bowl Champions, right here in our backyard. These items are not only going to be used in our public parks, they are going to bring a smile to our citizens and serve as a reminder of such a great day in Tampa!"
“I think it is important for Tampa to know sorta how they stack up against other cities," said Groh. "As an event city, they stack up tremendously. And I would welcome an opportunity to come back to Tampa anytime for any of our events.”
One of the last items to be taken down will be the street pole banners. Groh said most of them will go to the Super Bowl Host Committee and any left over banners will be given to local non-profits to be used as auction items.