By Kevin Cummings
Chattanooga Times Dalton Bureau
DALTON, Ga. — Dalton's leaders say great strides have been made in curbside recycling and there is more progress to come.
Bridget Sanford, recycling coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, said residents' curbside recycling increased by 50 percent from 2007 to 2008.
“If you recycle, talk to your neighbor who doesn't. Tell them how easy it is. Tell them how much more room there is in your garbage can,” she said. “If you're a resident who is actively recycling, keep up the good work and thank you.”
Benny Dunn, Public Works director, and City Councilwoman Denise Wood, a member of the solid waste authority, both said they are also urging residents to recycle.
According to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, at least 30 percent of all household garbage is recyclable.
Curbside recycling also saves money, Mrs. Sanford said.
Last year the city reduced expenses by more than $23,072 in avoided disposal fees and saved more than 1,490 cubic yards of landfill space.
Additionally, Dalton earned more than $26,880 in shared revenue from the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, which processes and markets the recycled materials.
BY THE NUMBERS
598: Tons of curbside recyclables collected in 2007
896: Tons collected in 2008
1,625: Additional blue recycling bins distributed to residents in 2008
10,659: Trees saved in 2008 by mixed paper recycling
Source: Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority
To receive a blue residential recycling bin in the city of Dalton call Public Works at 706-278-7077. Bins are free to city residents. Recyclable materials include mixed paper, cardboard, newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles (No. 1 & 2), glass bottles and jars, bi-metal cans and aluminum cans.