Landfill to take more recyclables

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With the city now being paid for recyclables rather than paying someone to take them, Augusta Solid Waste is making being environmentally conscious more user-friendly.

Starting in November, the landfill off Deans Bridge Road will open a dumping center for residential users and begin taking glass, electronics, motor oil and batteries for recycling.

The landfill will also recycle televisions, many of which are likely to be discarded after the digital transition in February. The nearest recycling center, the North Augusta Regional Material Recovery Facility, doesn't process them.

The city has already made cutting waste at home easier with new recycling containers, but only about 10 percent of garbage customers are using them, according to Solid Waste Assistant Director Lori Videtto.

In early 2007, Solid Waste began stocking blue-lidded roll carts, which at 64 gallons hold almost as much as trash cans. Instructions on what's accepted are affixed to the tops.

Residents can mix in newspapers, junk mail, computer paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, phone books, cardboard and empty aerosol cans, among other things, then roll it to the curb rather than lugging the rectangular buckets available before.

But a year and a half later, only 5,778 of about 60,000 trash customers have the containers, Ms. Videtto said. Delivering them to every customer would have cost around $1 million, an expense the department couldn't afford, she said.

Rather than launching an informational campaign about the containers, Solid Waste has left it to residents to request them, counting on only serious recyclers doing so. Ms. Videtto said the hope is that if one person on a street has a new cart, neighbors will want one, too, and they'll gradually catch on.

Two thousand of them are sitting at the landfill waiting to be distributed. They cost the city $50 apiece, but trash customers aren't charged for them.

"All people have to do is call and ask for them," Ms. Videtto said. "Instead of having one large capital expense, we just staggered it out."

Solid Waste began stocking the carts around the same time it stopped taking its recyclables to the North Augusta facility, which charged about $25 per ton, and started hauling to facilities in metro Atlanta, earning Augusta about $60 per ton. Recyclables currently go to Pratt Industries and SP Recycling, and glass will go to Strategic Materials, Ms. Videtto said.

Augusta's recycling program has been making a slight profit of $10 per ton this year, with the money being used to buy more carts, she said.

The new dumping center will have drive-up stations for recyclables, household garbage, yard waste, tires and bulk waste such as furniture, with city employees on hand to help. Ms. Videtto said she doesn't want residents slogging around in the mud of the landfill, dumping side-by-side with city and commercial trucks.

"I don't want any small vehicles in the landfill anymore," she said. "It's just not safe."

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

WHAT'S RECYCLABLE IN AUGUSTA

In curbside bins:


- Aluminum cans


- Aluminum foil


- Tin, steel and metal cans


- Empty aerosol cans


- Jar lids


- Plastic bottles and milk containers


- Plastic detergent bottles


- Newspapers & magazines


- Junk mail


- Books and phone books


- Computer paper


- Notebook paper


- Paper-based egg cartons


- Cereal boxes


- Paper bags


- Cardboard


- Frozen food packages


NOTE: Anything contaminated with food will be rejected.


AT THE LANDFILL, CURBSIDE AS A BULK WASTE PICKUP:


- Tires


- Metals


AT THE LANDFILL AT 4330 DEANS BRIDGE ROAD, STARTING NOV. 1:


- Glass of all colors


- Used auto oil


- Batteries (all kinds but lead-acid)


- Computers, computer components, telephones and any other electronics with circuit boards


- Televisions


NOT RECYCLABLE, BUT ACCEPTED AT THE LANDFILL:


- Plastic grocery bags


- Plastic-coated cardboard, such as juice boxes and Lean Cuisine boxes


- Styrofoam


- Packing peanuts


- Photographic paper


- Gift wrapping paper


NOT RECYCLABLE OR ACCEPTED AT LANDFILL:


- Hazardous wastes


- Wet paint (Dry it with cat litter or sand first)


- Large quantities of free liquid

To have a 64-gallon roll cart for recyclables delivered to your home, call Solid Waste at (706) 592-3200.

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No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 04:23 am
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I wonder if recyclables are

I wonder if recyclables are separated from household waste before it is put in the land-fill?

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 08/31/08 - 08:30 am
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Recyclables are put in

Recyclables are put in separate containers from household waste. The two cans are picked up by separate trucks. Recycables do not go to the land-fill.

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aaa 08/31/08 - 09:39 am
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Good for Augusta!

Good for Augusta!

jessamine
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jessamine 08/31/08 - 11:03 am
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It's about dang time! But it

It's about dang time! But it seems a little silly to haul this stuff all the way to Atlanta, unless that's where the N. Augusta recyclables end up, too. The amount of gas burned getting there kinda cancels out the environmental benefits, doesn't it?

jude1072
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jude1072 08/31/08 - 11:22 am
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I called in an received the

I called in an received the recyclable bin with no problems. My family and I where very surprised about how much our household waste went down. We only need to set out the household waste out once a week.

Big_vike
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Big_vike 08/31/08 - 11:34 am
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We have been recycling for a

We have been recycling for a couple of months now, our regular can usually has one bag in it now and the recycling can is full. The County can make alot of money off of its landfill and recyclables, more than enough to offset any costs if more people recycled.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 11:47 am
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Maybe my comment was not

Maybe my comment was not specific enough. I understand the concept of 2 bins, but apparently only about 10% of the solid waste customers separate recyclables from household waste. If there are recyclable items in with household waste when it is picked up, "I wonder if recyclables are separated from household waste before it is put in the land-fill?"

sjgraci
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sjgraci 08/31/08 - 12:18 pm
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90% of Augustans are not

90% of Augustans are not recycling their household waste. This needs to change!

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 12:25 pm
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At the present time there are

At the present time there are scavengers who go around and remove items from where they are put at the curb for pick-up. This includes old appliances, scrap metal, and anything else that can be sold. When is Augusta Solid Waste and the Augusta-Richmond County Government going to stop this loss (theft) of revenue?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/31/08 - 01:19 pm
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I noticed this, too. Are the

I noticed this, too. Are the scavengers doing something that is permitted or not? I noticed an unusual highchair that had been left on the road to my parents house, in a personal truck at a metal recycling center the next day. I thought, well that was resourceful, but then I wondered if it is legal or not for anyone to pick up. Is it legal? Is it encouraged or discouraged? I could call and ask tomorrow, but if someone here knows the answer than a lot of us will know.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/31/08 - 01:20 pm
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Thanks for the lists of

Thanks for the lists of recyclables. I didn't know that plasticized cardboard boxes couldn't go in the recyclables container.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 04:06 pm
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baroness: "Sec. 4-2-26.

baroness: "Sec. 4-2-26. Unauthorized interference with
receptacles or contents. It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to deposit or throw any article or substance in any receptacle for garbage and trash (including without limitation, garbage and trash dumpsters belonging to commercial establishments) or to remove, injure or destroy, uncover or in any manner move or disturb such receptacle or any portion of its contents. (Ord. 5935, July 15, 1997)" Don't know about loose items outside of the receptacles.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/31/08 - 05:44 pm
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The highchair was loose, so

The highchair was loose, so it seems that it was okay for the man to take, unless there is another rule. thanks so much No Longer Amazed. What do you do when a good hard rainstorm, floats the neighbor's bag of yard waste down the street so that it ends up in my yard? I just got it out of the road and placed it where they normally pick up my yard waste, so that it wouldn't get run over and make a mess. Do you happen to know if that was that okay?

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 05:49 pm
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Depends what it is in. They

Depends what it is in. They won't pick it up if it's in a plastic bag, but if it's in one of those large paper bags it should be OK. If you know where it came from and it won't be a problem, you could always take it back where it came from.

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SOUTHAUGUSTATRASH 08/31/08 - 09:10 pm
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Great news, expanded pickup

Great news, expanded pickup of trash is an improvement. Our initial start of trash pickup in South Augusta has improved the looks, especially in the MeadowGrove area. However, with that said; if homeowners and/or renters in the Alene Circle, Libby Drive, Langdon Dr. and MedowGrove Dr would clean up in front of the residential location, the LandField would be overwhelmed. These street locations are deplorable. Trash is pushed from the living areas into the street and left. Commissioners would serve our communities by passing ordinance that residential locations must keep their street frontage policed up, and cited if not complied with. That includes putting trash to be picked up on designated dates and in proper containers. In addition, why not drive throughs by the Marshall Dept for observing of deployable locations, rather than waiting for complaints. Especially when history has already revealed such locations. No wonder there are those that are re-locating to other counties.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 08/31/08 - 10:46 pm
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SOUTHAUGUSTATRASH: There are

SOUTHAUGUSTATRASH: There are already controls in place that will eliminate the problems you mention. Get hold of Augusta Cares, either by telephone or using this form: https://www.augustaga.gov/gbamsrequest/public/gbamsreqPublicForm.aspx

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