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New recycling stations installed on Laurier Avenue East for pilot project

Nine new city benches and recycling stations are being installed on Laurier Avenue East as part of a new pilot project.

Mayor Jim Watson says there is a serious lack of recycling options in the city - especially in high density areas.

"You have a pop can and there'd be no place to put it except the garbage can. And so while we're telling everyone at home to recycle we weren't practicing what we were preaching back on Elgin Street or this time on Laurier Avenue," he said.

The new bins hold several gallons of recycling and waste and are designed to show very clearly which bin takes which item.

There are also new benches installed to increase accessibility. That comes after a seniors' issues forum that requested more places for them to rest while moving around the city.

The stations are donated by an Ontario company, Creative Advertising Solutions. They're paying for all of the maintenance and services at each station.

The pilot project will help inform a request for proposals in 2015 for a city-wide recycling bin program.

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