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Recycling excellence nominations sought

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District is seeking nominations for its 2013 Excellence in Recycling Awards. Eligible businesses include non-profit organizations, commercial businesses, institutions and manufacturing firms.

The awards honor organizations that purchase and use products made of recycled content or create and manufacture recycle content products, as well as those that implement programs that divert waste from landfills.

Nomination forms are on-line at under the community events tab or obtain call 449-7878. Deadline is July 31.

100 oak saplings to be given away

State Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne, has donated 100 red oak saplings that will be given away at Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market, 1 Summit Square, at 10 a.m. Wednesday to help build Fort Wayne’s tree canopy.

The first 100 people to check in at the market’s tent will be given a red oak sapling to plant on their property.

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County ready for rain barrel orders

The Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for rain barrels now until July 24. The sale is open to all residents of Allen County and the surrounding area.

The plastic barrels range from $60 for a 30-gallon size to $80 for a 55-gallon size. Oak barrels, hardware and accessories are also available as well as composters.

Customers will be notified of the pickup date and orders will be available at the SWCD office, 3718 New Vision Drive, on the Parkview North campus.

View products or place orders at or call 484-5848, ext.3.

Fort Wayne Fleet ranks 7th on list

The city of Fort Wayne Fleet Department has placed seventh on the list of the 100 Best Government Fleets for 2013 and was recognized in the July issue of Government Fleet magazine.

The award recognizes peak performing public sector fleets from cities, school districts, counties, states, and federal government operations. Since 2005, the city has made the list by implementing a consistent maintenance schedule, reducing turnaround time on vehicle repairs and using hybrid and electric vehicles and alternative fuels.

Two other Indiana communities made the Top 100: Indianapolis at 63rd, and Fishers at 83rd.