City of DeLand to unveil new downtown trash/recycle cans

City of DeLand and DeLand Breakfast Rotary are teaming up on Downtown Recycling program that will include retrofitted trash cans and a recycling mascot.

April 11, 2019

(DeLand, FL)  - The City of DeLand is teaming up with the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club to retrofit its trash cans in the downtown district to promote recycling.


The City and DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club on Saturday will unveil the new design of the trash cans, which will replace the waste receptacles currently located in Downtown DeLand. Instead of simply of having waste cans, there will be a separate container for recyclables such as bottles and cans. The retrofitting was paid for through a grant from the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club while the city covered the remaining balance.


The unveiling, scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, will coincide with the Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival, which will bring unique vendors, zoo animals, children’s activities, presentations and demonstrations from wildflower and gardening experts to West Indiana Avenue. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


Public Works Director Demetris Pressley said by separating waste from recyclables the city will be able to be better stewards of the environment. Recyclables thrown into the trash are usually considered contaminated and are not recycled.


“I’d like to thank the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club for their efforts in continuing to make DeLand a beautiful place to live, work and play,” Pressley said. “These contributions will go a long way toward our goal of being an environmentally-conscious city.”


Additionally, the city and the DeLand Breakfast Rotary will unveil a new recycling mascot that will make appearances at community events and schools to promote the need for recycling. Sponsors for the mascot include Prestige Property Specialists, the City of DeLand, the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club, Rotary International and VyStar Credit Union.


The city will later get the community involved by helping name the mascot.


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