TAVARES – If one man’s trash is really another man’s treasure, the Lake County Solid Waste Division is definitely onto something. Although the Central Solid Waste Facility, located at 13130 County Landfill Road in Tavares, is not the quintessential treasure chest, it has been a hub for two-wheeled gems through the RE-Cycle Program.
The RE-Cycle Program is simple. A resident dumping a bicycle at the landfill is asked if he or she is interested in donating it to the program. If the resident agrees, the bicycle becomes eligible for donation to other Lake County residents on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The bikes are free to residents, and come in various sizes and styles. They receive thorough inspections before they are deemed sufficient to be placed in the pick-up corral. Since its inception in 2009, nearly 500 bikes have been donated to Lake County residents through the program.
“The staff has done a great job implementing and administering this program,” said Skip McCall, Manager of the Lake County Solid Waste Division. “Their efforts have afforded residents the opportunity to own bikes, at no cost to them, and helped decrease the amount of waste introduced into the landfill.”
To be eligible for participation in the program, residents must meet several requirements, which include:
• Must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult to pick-up a bike
• Proof of residency must be provided
• Only one bicycle is allowed per month, per household
• A release form must be signed before receiving a bicycle
Since the program is dependent on donations made by the public, the number of available bikes is in constant fluctuation. Those interested in donating a bike can do so by simply taking it to the Central Solid Waste Facility, and leaving it with staff for evaluation.
For more information about the RE-Cycle Program, or to find out more about donating a bike, call the Lake County Solid Waste Division at 352-343-3776.