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Native Plant Society wants those old city recycling bins

By Staff | Oct 13, 2010

The Coccoloba Chapter of the Native Plant Society and the University of Florida’s IFAS/Extension Service office want Cape Coral residents to donate their old city of Cape Coral recycle bins instead of throwing them away.
Most of, if not all, of the city’s residents were left wondering what to do with their old blue bins once Waste Pro took over as the waste service provider.
The Native Plant Society and the Extension Service plan on using the bins to show people how to create their own compost and worm bins with free classes.
Native Plant Society President Rachel Singletary said she visited Lee County’s recycling facility recently where she said she saw “mounds and mounds” of the blue bins.
She said throwing the bins away was simply a “waste.”
“You can grow your own fertilizer and stop buying synthetic fertilizer,” she said. “During the fertilizer ban in the summer, you can make your own and use it all year long.”
Singletary said the first class will be taught on Oct. 23 when the Native Plant Society has its Native Plant Sale at Manatee Park in Fort Myers.
All classes will be free and continue beyond the plant sale, SIngletary said
“We’re collecting the bins because the whole idea is to have future classes,” she added.
To donate bins you simply have to drop them off at either Rotary Park or the Cape Coral Coral Historical Museum.
For those who are interested in the classes, you can stop by the plant sale which will feature “hundreds” of different native plants, wildflowers, shrubs and trees, according to Singletary.
October 23 is also National Make a Difference Day, which encourages people to volunteer, get involved and, of course, make a difference.
For more information, contact Singletary at 543-9910.