DALTON, GA - Residents participating in the City of Dalton Curbside Recycling program collected over 1 million pounds of recyclables during the first six months of the year. This is an 18.9% increase compared to the same time last year. Recycling takes a product at the end of its useful life and uses all or part of it to make another product instead of more garbage. 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.
550.1 tons or 1,100,200 pounds of recyclables were collected during the months of January to June 2010 according to the City of Dalton Curbside Recycling Report produced by the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Authority’s Materials Recovery Facility or Recycling Center. 1,100,200 pounds are the equivalent of a stack of newspapers 5.95 miles long. The goal for this year is 1,200 tons or 2,400,000 pounds. 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.
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.
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.