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Recycling is a significant component of the waste reduction process. Most communities have access to the recycling of common recyclables such as paper, cardboard, plastics bottles (#1), metal cans, aluminum cans and glass bottles.
Recycling these products reduces the amount of waste going to the landfill.
Making new products from recyclables saves energy in the manufacturing process.
Recycling creates jobs and supports the local economy.
THE LOCAL PICTURE:
$250 million of commonly recycled materials such as cardboard, aluminum, and plastics are being disposed of in Georgia’s landfills each year.
The lost market value of materials that could be recycled is estimated at a $90 million cost.
Georgia is home to a wide array of businesses that use recycled materials to manufacture their products.
There is a higher than average demand for recyclables in Georgia by companies that make them into new products.
Facts to Consider:
Paper and cardboard collection programs allow for the following “paper” items: newsprint, magazines, corrugated cardboard, phone books, chipboard, white and colored paper, mail, and office paper. The paper must be reasonably free of food residue.
Most waste hauling contracts charge on a per ton and per pull basis. Recycling reduces both the number of pulls and weight per pull, thus reducing the amount charged by the waste hauling company.
Recycling companies charge to haul the recyclables away. Depending on the value of the recyclables, a rebate will reduce the cost when compared to hauling waste. Sometimes the rebate is built into the price of the service.
Metro Atlanta Recyclers
Electronic Waste Recycling in Atlanta
Questions to Consider:
Do I generate enough recyclables to designate an 8 cubic yard dumpster or compactor for the sole collection of recyclables?
What type of space do I have available for collection of recyclables, both in the kitchen and outside?
Does my current vendor provide recycling services?
By expanding my recycling program, how does that reduce my waste collection costs?
How can I educate my staff and customers about my new recycling program?
Decreased tonnage going to the landfill
Customers are demanding recycling options
Ability to market sustainable practices
Increased staff morale associated with green practices
Landfill tipping fees are low in Georgia.
Some businesses may have limited space for recycling containers.
An employee training program must be developed for a successful recycling program.
Support must be given from the management level.
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