Goal nearing, city recycling officials say

 Submitted by the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority

The Daily Citizen

City of Dalton officials recently announced that the city is very close to reaching the goal of 1,000 tons of curbside recycling collected from residents in 2009.

The program — offered as a service to residents — collects paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and other recyclable materials using blue recycling bins.

The bins are placed at the curb alongside residential garbage cans for weekly pickup by the city’s public works department.

At the end of November, residents had contributed to the collection of 904 tons of recyclables for the year.

“The city of Dalton is very close to reaching the 1,000 ton goal,” said Michael Foxx, assistant operations manager for the materials recovery facility at the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. “The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone but also a time when we produce more trash than average. I want to encourage residents to continue with their curbside recycling. December is the perfect month to reach 1,000 tons.”

“As of Friday, Dec. 11, we had collected 52 tons of the remaining 96 tons needed to meet our goal,” added Benny Dunn, public works director for the city.

To learn about the curbside collection options for your neighborhood, call the public works at (706) 278-7077 or visit the city of Dalton Web site at www.cityofdalton-ga.gov. To learn more about recycling in Dalton-Whitfield County, call the materials recovery facility at (706) 278-5001 or visit www.dwswa.org.