Posted: Wednesday, August 7th 2013 at 10:46am
Recycling truck 'mural kids' see their picture
By Jerry Gunn Staff
GAINESVILLE - A newly refitted recycling truck got an official greeting from Gainesville City Council and a special group of youngsters at the Public Safety Complex Tuesday afternoon.
Mayor Danny Dunagan along with council members Bob Hamrick and Myrtle Figueras were on hand with the children pictured in a new mural on the side of the truck when it pulled into the parking lot. The youngsters are all the children of city employeees and the dog in the mural, 'Price', is a guide dog for one of the children. As new trucks are added to the fleet they will get the same photo.
Solid Waste and Recycling Superintendent Danny Owen said it’s an older truck with a new lease on life to increase efficiency.
“We actually took the bed of a ’99 model and had the bed rebuilt and it is a ’99 truck with a brand new bed on it,” Owen said. “It has a new mural to encourage people to recycle and we’ll have it on the streets in a day or so."
The truck with its new paint job will pick up both the 18 and 35 gallon recycle carts according to Owen. The city makes recycling runs once a week.
"People are not used to the concept of recycling but as they learn and get more educated we're seeing an increase in the recycling program," according to Owen.
"The more we recycle, the more we keep out of the land fills."
The city brought the recycling program “in-house” about 2 years ago following a BFI contract and in two years has increased recycling pick up by 90 tons.
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