The city’s Public Works Department lined Jesse Jewell Parkway with 250 blue recycling bins from its intersection with E.E. Butler Parkway to the Hall County Farmers Market Wednesday to call attention to the need to reduce waste and recycle.
Approximately 28 to 30 percent of Gainesville residents recycle, but Gainesville’s Public Information Officer Catiel Felts said the city hoped to encourage more people to consider recycling with Wednesday’s demonstration.
"We’re really trying to encourage people to get blue recycling bins," Felts said.
The bins are free to Gainesville residents, who can have their recyclables picked up curbside by Allied Waste Services, according to a news release from Felts.
Wednesday’s demonstration was a prelude to America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Felts said. On that day, Hall County residents can shred and recycle documents and drop off recyclables ranging from electronics to fabric at the Hall County Farmers Market. The special recycling event will be sponsored by Keep Hall Beautiful and the Hall County government.