Recycling and waste diversion efforts are getting stronger in Georgia
The economic downtown hurt recycling growth in Georgia, according to the 2011 Solid Waste Management Annual Report released each year by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
However, the State as a whole has reduced the per capita waste disposal rates each year since 2007.
The disposal rate went from 10.17 lbs. of waste per person per day in 2007 down to 7.35 lbs. per person each day. These numbers are a little deceiving, though, because this amount includes waste brought into Georgia from other states. The adjusted per capita waste disposal rate is more like 3.58 lbs. per person per day, which is below the national average of about 4.5 lbs.
About 40% of what Georgians toss in the trash is recyclable materials that local companies could use to manufacturer new products. This equates to about $300 million worth of recyclables being buried at landfills at a running cost of $100 million per year.
Increasing recycling rates across the state would not only recover all this revenue that’s literally being buried in the ground, but it would also reduce landfilling expenses, save valuable landfill space, and create new jobs in the state. Recycling is a win-win for the citizens of Georgia and the environment.
Where to recycle
There are dozens of full-service recycling facilities located across the State. Refer to the Georgia Recycling Markets Directory to find one near you.
You can also participate in local recycling events, keep up-to-date with the latest recycling news, and play a role in maintaining the environment in your community by checking out any of the State’s recycling organizations
Solid waste management plan for your area
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs oversees local and regional solid waste disposal and hauling for the State. Rules, regulations, and plans vary by location.
You can find the current solid waste management plan for your area by visiting the Adopted Local Government Solid Waste Plans page. Each plan is mandated to run for at least 10 years.
Nearly 80% of construction and demolition (C&D) debris is recyclable
The vast majority of C&D debris can be recycled, including (but not limited to) lumber, concrete, asphalt and roofing shingles.
It is illegal in Georgia to dispose of C&D debris by burning or burying it. You must have it trucked to the nearest C&D landfill. Your dumpster rental provider or contractor will handle this for you.
It’s legal to burn inert debris (stumps, landscaping debris, leaves, tree limbs, etc.) but certain restrictions apply.