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Recycle Man made his debut at today's West Lafayette Board of Works meeting. The inspiration came from a group of second-graders at Cumberland Elementary School.
About a month ago, the students wrote the city's sanitation department to ask for a recycling program.
The students want to start properly disposing of their milk cartons during lunch.
Street commissioner Ben Anderson hopes the character reminds the students about the importance of recycling.
"We all have a part in what we do each and every day, and so to get them started at a young age, to be thinking about it, I mean, it's awesome," said Anderson.
The students are out of school for fall break this week. Anderson hopes to show off Recycle Man to them when they return.