GAINESVILLE - Two Hall County recycling cans will be getting a new look in the near future thanks to Hall County Resource Recovery's "Adopt-a-Can" program.
Brenau University's Art Department is among the participants in the program, which allows groups to "adopt" roll-off recycling receptacles and paint them in order to increase awareness about recycling in the Hall County community.
A can was dropped off on Brenau's Sorority Circle Monday, and students hope to begin painting it on Wednesday, weather permitting.
According to Resource Recovery's Rick Foote, the Brenau art students have already had their can design approved by County staff.
"The procedure for can adoption is fairly simple," Foote explains. "County officials first review and approve the design, then we drop off a clean can at a specified location so that the adopting group can begin painting the approved artwork."
Foote said the adopting agency also provides all of the paint and related materials and typically has four days to complete the painting, however, he said the Brenau students will most likely get extra time due to this week's rain.
"Once the art students are done painting, the roll-off container will be put into service as a sort of 'mobile billboard,'" he said.
Foote said the Brenau students' can is also expected to be featured in the Chicken City Parade as part of the festivities for the 10th Annual Spring Chicken Festival scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on April 26.
In addition to Brenau's Art Department, the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Hall County Green Alliance has also submitted a design in order to "adopt" a can of their own. That can will be dropped off for painting on April 23 at the City of Oakwood's Department of Public Works facility, located at 4119 West White Road in Oakwood.
The "Adopt-a-Can" program is a continuance of previous marketing efforts by Hall County in order to promote recycling. Two single-stream receivers at Hall County's compactor sites were painted pink last October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The receivers have rotated between Hall County's busiest compactor sites, promoting breast cancer awareness while also encouraging residents to protect the environment.