LOWELL | This south Lake County community is going green in a big way.
The Town Council on Monday unanimously accepted the Lake County Solid Waste District's invitation to make Lowell the 2013 Green Community.
The town's approval follows the Tri-Creek School Board's enthusiastic agreement last month.
Jeff Langbehn of the LCSWD told the council Monday support from the town and school system is crucial. He estimated $100,000 will be spent in the community to spread the "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." gospel.
Currently, Langbehn said, Lowell recycles less than 30 percent.
He said the town must establish a goal percentage.
Hobart, as the waste district's inaugural Green Community, boosted its recycling percentage to 95 percent from the mid-30s. Whiting is the only city at 100 percent in the state after being the waste district's second Green Community.
Langbehn said he and his Green Team of recycling educators unashamedly use school children to inform and, perhaps, coerce their parents into better recycling habits.
Langbehn said he would expect a major recycling tie-in to the Lowell Labor Day Parade and Festival. He hinted at a possible prize or prizes to recognize an individual or family greatly supporting recycling.
"Lowell is an ideal candidate for this initiative," Langbehn said.