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Program Pedaling: Lake County introduces bike recycling

RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2009

TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities is unveiling a “RE-Cycle Program” this week that allows residents to pick up discarded bicycles on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Central Solid Waste Facility, located at 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares.

Residents disposing of bicycles at the Central Solid Waste Facility will be asked if they would like to participate in the RE-Cycle Program by making their bicycle available for reuse. The reusable bicycles will be located in the bicycle corral and made available to Lake County residents at no charge. An individual wishing to adopt one of the bicycles needs to visit the Central Solid Waste Management Facility Administration Building and provide proof of Lake County residency. Selection is limited to one bicycle per household per month; however, residents may visit the bicycle corral as often as needed until they find a suitable match.

“This program is a much needed and highly requested one,” said Daryl Smith, Director of the Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities. “It allows residents to reduce, reuse and recycle in a different way. The bicycles introduced into the RE-Cycle Program and selected by new owners will help to keep down the amount of metal being recycled as scrap.”

The goal of the RE-Cycle Program is to give new life to bicycles by making them available for a new home. Staff at the Department of Environmental Utilities hopes this new pilot program will evolve into an expanded reuse program.

For more information about the Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities, call (352) 343-3776.

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