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