City of Dalton Curbside Recycling Program Nears Goal of 1,200 Tons
DALTON, GA – According to the Curbside Recycling Report produced by the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Authority, during the months of January to November 2011 residents participating in the City of Dalton’s Curbside Recycling Program collected 1,147.1 tons or 2,294,200 pounds of recyclables. It’s 312,000 pounds more than they had collected during the same period last year, producing an overall 15% increase in recycling compared to 2010.
Public Works Director, Benny Dunn, said, “Dalton residents are doing an outstanding job. Thanks for recycling, and please remember to encourage your neighbors to recycle. You truly can make a difference.” During the month of December residents are expected to easily reach the goal of collecting 1,200 tons or 2,400,000 pounds of recyclables for the year.
Residents of the City of Dalton in single-family homes of three units or less that have garbage pickup through the city 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 more information, such as recycling instructions, 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.
Items collected for recycling in the city include plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, aluminum beverage cans, bi-metal cans, cardboard, newspaper, and other mixed paper. Recyclables are collected by the Public Works Department, and then delivered to the Solid Waste Authority's Recycling Center for processing. Recycling takes a product at the end of its useful life and uses all or part of it to make a new product. 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.