In an effort to create cleaner city parks and encourage recycling, the city of Reynoldsburg has set up recycling bins at JFK, Huber and Civic parks.

The bins were put in place during the city's Community Clean Up Day on June 3, parks and recreation director Donna Bauman said.

"We are excited and honored to have been awarded the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group grant, which provided 30 state-of-the-art recycling bins valued at more than $17,000 for the city of Reynoldsburg," Bauman said.

She said placing the bins at the three parks signals the launch of a citywide outreach program called Recycle More, Litter Less, a partnership with Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful.

"Our goal is to help the city of Reynoldsburg become the No. 1 Keep America Beautiful affiliate in America, beginning with this new recycling initiative in our city parks," said Jamie Zawila, president of Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful.

Bauman said people may deposit glass, bottles and cans in the recycling bins, which are emptied daily by parks and recreation staff members.

The items are then placed in the city's main recycling bins so Rumpke can pick them up.

"The recycling bins at the parks are for the use of all park visitors," she said. "The city of Reynoldsburg offers curbside recycling for other residents."

Mayor Brad McCloud said recycling is not new to the city, since curbside recycling began in Reynoldsburg more than 15 years ago.

"The city collects an average of 786.45 tons of recycling per year," he said. "Offering recycling to our park visitors is a natural extension of the curbside program, ensuring the city is doing its due diligence in making a positive impact on the world in which we live."

Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to educate and encourage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environment," Zawila said.

For more information, visit keepreynoldsburgbeautiful.org or email Arley Owens, the group's executive director, at arleyowens@keepreynoldsburgbeautiful.org.

The Park Recycling Bin Grant Program from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful is in its fifth year. It has provided more than 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country and more than 4,300 recycling bins to local governments and organizations across 41 states.

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