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Huntersville Parks and Recreation is Recycling Today for a Greener Tomorrow

Huntersville, NC, March 26, 2012 – With help from two local businesses, the Huntersville Parks & Recreation Department has begun a recycling program at its four major parks.

"This speaks volumes about Huntersville citizens' commitment to recycling, said Mayor Jill Swain.  “I am so grateful to our partners in this effort, Coca Cola and Advanced Disposal, for immediately and enthusiastically saying they would help make this happen."

Past efforts to recycle materials in parks have been unsuccessful because park patrons have contaminated recyclables with trash and pet waste. Coca Cola Bottling Company recently donated 20 new recycling containers. The containers have small round openings for bottles and cans, making it difficult to throw trash into the receptacles.  Park visitors will find them placed conveniently alongside trash containers.  It is hoped that the new recycling containers, coupled with an increase in public education about the importance of recycling away from home, will increase the amount of recyclables collected in parks.

Additional recycling containers are planned for future park locations throughout the town.  Advanced Disposal has also provided recycle dumpsters for the collection of all recyclables. 

Huntersville Athletic Park, North Mecklenburg Park, Richard Barry Park and Bradford Park were chosen for the recycling program due to the heavy use these four parks get as well as three of the locations have concession stand operations. The Waymer Recreation Center will also have recycling bins as well.  Park attendance at these five locations was just over 1.1 million in 2011. 

“We are thankful for Coca Cola Bottling Company and Advanced Disposal for their generosity in donating the bins and dumpsters.  These donations will help our park users be better stewards of the environment and keep our parks clean,” said Parks and Recreation Director Michael Jaycocks. “We look forward to the opportunity to expand the program in the future.”

For more information about the recycling program in the parks, contact Michael Jaycocks, 704-766-2228.

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