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City of Wilmington going green

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The city of Wilmington is doing its part to help the area be a little greener. When you see a garbage truck, you probably think pollution, but here in Wilmington, steps are being taken so these trucks are less harmful to the environment. City of Wilmington spokesperson Malissa Talbert said, "We have been using biodiesel fuel for a number of years on our larger vehicles -- things like trucks, backhoes -- that sort of thing." In the past year, the city has also purchased 10 hybrid cars in addition to a few electric vehicles. This is significant, because more than 200 vehicles help provide city services. "For us the important thing is that we are setting an example as a leader in the community, which we think we need to do. And it is good for the environment as well," said Talbert. Saving energy is important to Wilmington city leaders, which is why they have implemented a program for all employees asking them to conserve energy at work, just like they would at home. "Turn the lights off, turn the computer off if you aren't going to be there. You know, just be wise and efficient that way and again we are looking for that within our city facilities," said Talbert. Saving water is also a priority. "Our water consumption has decreased really dramatically. Our citizens have done a great job conserving water," said Talbert. In fact, the city has used almost 10 percent less water than this time last year. Now that we're in the growing season, the real challenge will be to keep that water usage down. For the city of Wilmington, it can be a struggle with more than 600 acres of parks and ball fields to maintain. Talbert said, "A lot of that went dormant this winter and was pretty brown this spring. But we are not going to do something that we ask our citizens not to do. We are starting to lighten up on that a little bit, but again we are trying to be very conservative." Water from the city's pools will be recycled at the end of the summer. Chemicals will be filtered out, and the water will be used to water grass at nearby parks. This not only saves water, but keeps 600,000 gallons of water from entering the city's sewer system. But that is just part of the recycling the city does. Talbert said, "The city provides recycling as a part of your regular trash pick-up. There is no additional charge for that. If someone is interested in recycling, all you have to do is call the city and we'll bring you a bin free of charge." On top of that, the city requires all of its employees to recycle at work. If you live in the Wilmington area, and want to get in on the recycling action visit the City of Wilmington's Recycling Website

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