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Wildlife Prairie Park going green

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HANNA CITY, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

If you're headed to Wildlife Prairie Park, you'll notice some changes.

The concept centers on waste management within the park and includes improvements mean for mother nature, and you.

"Preserve our Prairies," it's the simple message the park is giving, as they recently modified the way they handle waste management.

Doug Dillow, the Wildlife Prairie Park Executive Director sited conservation, education and recreation as the ethic's of what those at the organization do. Dillow said "we need to be good stewards of the Earth's resources."

The park teamed up with local garbage company PDC to install new recycling containers around the park.

You can find two side-by-side bins throughout the park, a brown one for garbage and one with an orange lid where visitors can now put the recyclables.

Adrienne Bauer, the park's Animal and Plant Director cited the saying, reduce, reuse, recycle on the matter of the park looking to be more eco-friendly.

"We all share this environment," said Bauer, saying the park is doing their part to be more eco-friendly.

Wildlife Prairie is also taking other measures to make the world better for humans and animals alike.

They recently installed a trash compactor that runs on solar energy -- the only one in the central Illinois area PDC covers.

Park officials say the solar powered compactor is just one more way to reduce their carbon footprint.

The improvements were made earlier this summer, but park officials want to make sure their eco-friendly messages get out.

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