McALLEN A human-sized bird named Paco jumped out of a giant egg shell to laughter and applause at Monday's City Commission meeting in McAllen.

Paco is the City's new recycling mascot, hatched by the Public Works department. Each letter in his name stands for items that could be recycled such as paper, aluminum, cardboard and other items. Though he can't speak or fly, Paco will accompany Public Works employees at schools, parades and other special events to increase awareness about Going Green.

Paco's brightly colored green and blue costume was designed to resemble a Green Jay, which happens to be the City of McAllen's official bird.

For more information about Paco, contact the City of McAllen's Recycling Department at 956-681-4050.