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Sandra Tunnell loads an Ashland County Sheriff's Office utility vehicle with recycling at the Ashland County Fair. 

Editor's Note: This story is part of a month-long series that highlights 31 ideas included in the "Mansfield Rising" plan. The 67-page document was created by 15 local leaders after attending the South by Southwest Conference last March in Austin, Texas.

Idea 24: Develop a recycling program

As ongoing seasonal events continue, along with increased tourism and interest in downtown residency, an adequate recycling program is necessary, according to the Mansfield Rising plan.

This would include multi-sized recycling receptacles throughout Downtown Mansfield. But this recycling program will differ from traditional ones. It will incorporate elements of original ever-changing designs created by individuals, businesses, and organizations within the creative community.

It could include a unique collaboration between Richland County Solid Waste Management, the City of Mansfield, Downtown Mansfield Inc., individuals and businesses. The creative community would determine the patenting of this visually enticing recycling program. This will promote a safe and clean environment, boost city pride and morale while encouraging artists to come together to design and maintain the recycling receptacles.

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Recycling receptacles will accommodate glass, aluminum, paper, and cardboard. Individually-designed recycling receptacles will be stationed in the Imagination District, the Carrousel District, and Central Park. Receptacles will be scaled appropriately to their location.

The vibrant receptacles will give visitors and residents a place to recycle materials, which would be picked up weekly. The City of Mansfield and Richland County Solid Waste will oversee the operation (pick-up and distribution) and maintenance/sanitation of the receptacles.

The receptacle design and artwork will be overseen by artists, downtown residents, and participating businesses.

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