In Atlanta, recycling means helping the environment and supporting our local economy—and you can help. Whether you teach a neighbor how to recycle or start a recycling program at your office, your efforts can make a huge impact. Go for the Green… Recycle!
Ideas for Taking Action:
Get Involved! Keep up to date on legislative issues affecting our environment in Georgia. Georgia Conservation Voters is a great resource for information on lobbying for conservation issues.
Also, The Georgia Environmental Action Network identifies environmental issues in Georgia and allows you to e-mail the appropriate governmental contact to voice your concern.
Spread the Word! The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has launched its statewide recycling campaign. Go to YouGottabeKidding.org and spread the recycling message.
Help your neighbors. Many people do not recycle simply because they are not sure how to get started! Spread the word on which materials can be recycled and how to get a bin. (City of Atlanta residents can call the Recycling Hotline at (404) 330-6333).
Be a pest & request!
Don’t assume that a business, church or school will start recycling without consumer, parishioner or student demand. If you work at a business that does not recycle, take the initiative and get one started.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Don’t let good house-materials go to waste in your neighborhood! Make sure they find a good home at the ReStore.
Purchase paper made with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content. Pre-consumer recycled content only means that the item contains "waste" material generated during the manufacturing process. Post-consumer recycled content means that the product is made from materials collected through recycling programs. Be on the lookout for Processed chlorine free (PCF.) In order to make paper white, paper fibers are bleached. PCF means that the bleaching process uses no chlorine or chlorine derivatives, thereby eliminating toxic by-products associated with chlorine, such as dioxins.
Make it a Green Holiday: Use reusable or recyclable gift wrap; gift consumable goods like shade-grown coffee, CSA shares, or memberships. Bring packing peanuts to UPS or other shipping store. Recycle your tree! See link for info: www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org or call 1 (800) CLEAN-UP
Take the pledge on America Recycles Day.
Learn about legislative issues & write your representatives! Your local & state representatives always need to hear about waste reduction issues and the importance of supporting recycling programs.
Clean Green! Many common cleaning supplies are considered household hazardous waste. Green cleaning can be easy and save you money. See green cleaning recipe book on how to clean everything from carpet to sinks.