Augusta event encourages environmentally friendly living

An event geared to raise environmental consciousness will be held Saturday on Augusta Common.

The inaugural “Augusta Living Green Day” will offer free recycling of tires, electronics and batteries. It will also feature a truckload sale of compost bins and rain collection barrels at discounted prices.

“It’s to make people aware of what we are already doing as a city, should be doing as a city or things they can do themselves,” said Matthew Mixon, a city Information Technology employee and chairman of the Going Green committee.

Mixon said the city’s trying to keep up with environmentally friendly living trends and might not be as far behind as some might think.

Last May, about 700 compost bins and rain collection barrels were sold at a one-day event in the Municipal Building parking lot.

Mixon bought a compost bin at the sale and took it back to his Augusta home. Since then, his family has cut their trash loads in half by composting and recycling.

“Most everything can go in one of those two places,” he said, adding that only in the past year has he started new green-living habits. “I wasn’t that way before.”

According to Mixon, the city’s Going Green committee started three years ago as an initiative of the Information Technology department. Originally focused on reducing the amount of paper printed in city offices, the campaign added recycling efforts at the Municipal Building and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse. Individual trash cans at desks were replaced by recycling bins and each office received one, large community trash can.

“The city of Augusta wants to be green,” he said. “We can’t do it alone as a government.”

Saturday’s event will also feature hybrid and electric vehicle displays, conservation tips from Augusta Utilities and Georgia Power Co., gardeners from the online farmers market Augusta Locally Grown and the Harrisburg Honey Cooperative.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Augusta Living Green Day

WHERE: Augusta Common

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

MORE INFO: augustaga.gov

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