Dalton’s Recycling Goal in Sight

City of Dalton Curbside Recycling Program Nears Recycling Goal of 1,200 Tons

DALTON, GA - The goal of recycling 1,200 tons or 2,400,000 pounds of recyclable products during 2010 is in sight for the City of Dalton Curbside Recycling Program. According to the City of Dalton Curbside Recycling Report produced by the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Authority (DWSWA), during the months of January to October residents collected 905.3 tons or 1,810,600 pounds of recyclables. However, 294.7 tons or 589,400 pounds of recyclables still need to be collected during November, and December to reach the 2010 recycling goal. 
City residents are encouraged to be informed and make sure they are recycling everything they can. How-To Recycle Videos are available online through the City of Dalton’s website, www.cityofdalton-ga.gov, click ‘Departments’ then ‘Public Works’. The series of short videos, produced in conjunction with the DWSWA, explains each category of recyclables, shows sample items, and details how to prepare them for the recycling bin. Also online is the Recycling Instructions page that lists the types of products that are accepted in the curbside program. The blue recycling bins used in the City of Dalton include a Recycling Bin Instructions Sticker with the same information. 

Residents of the City of Dalton in single-family homes qualify for Curbside Recycling service. Recyclables are collected in blue 18-gallon recycling bins and picked up weekly on the same day as household garbage. For a more information visit the City of Dalton’s website,www.cityofdalton-ga.gov, click ‘Departments’ then ‘Public Works’. If you need a Recycling Bin or a Recycling Bin Instructions Sticker, call the Public Works Department at 706-278-7077.

Products collected for recycling include paper, magazines, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs with the #1 or #2 recycling symbol, aluminum cans, bi-metal or tin cans, and glass bottles and jars that are clear, brown, green or blue. Recycling takes a product at the end of its useful life and uses all or part of it to make a new product. The numerous benefits of recycling include conserving natural resources and saving energy during the manufacturing process. For example, five plastic #1 (PET) bottles, such as water and soda bottles, yield enough fiber to make one extra large T-shirt, one square foot of carpet, or enough fiber to fill one ski jacket. 

Residents of Whitfield County living outside of the City of Dalton also have opportunities to recycle. All four Convenience Centers managed by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority have Recycling Drop-off Areas that collect the same products as the Curbside Recycling program. For locations, hours and directions visit www.dwswa.org. For more information about recycling contact Liz Swafford, Recycling and Education Program Coordinator, at 706-278-5001 or e-mail:lswafford@dwswa.org.