Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Trash Cash' Efforts Grow

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Trash Cash' Efforts Grow

Article excerpt

Throughout Southeast Georgia, communities are trying to find new

ways to deal with an old nuisance -- trash. Recent local

increases in landfill tipping fees and a nationwide push for

communities to reduce the amount of trash they send to landfills

has focused more attention, both regionally and nationally, on


Here's a look at some Southeast Georgia communities' recycling



Brunswick doesn't have a recycling program for its 16,500

residents. While there are some bins around town, the city

relies on private vendors to haul away items to be recycled.


Southland Waste Systems operates a recycling program for Glynn

County residents. For $1.57 per month, the company will do

curbside pickup of aluminum, newspaper, cardboard, paper, glass

and plastic.

For no charge, residents can place items to be recycled in bins

throughout the county.

Robert Gray, the company's operations manager, said Southland

has recovered more than 915 tons of recyclables from the bins

and individual households throughout the county so far this


Gray said he would like to see more people recycling, not

because it is profitable for him, but because it is the right

thing to do.

"I noticed in my neighborhood that people weren't doing it

until I started," he said. "Now a few have subscribed and

started using the bins."



The base's recycling center collects newspaper, aluminum and

steel cans, office and computer paper, corrugated cardboard,

Types 1 and 2 plastic (milk jugs and plastic soda bottles), and

clear, brown and green glass.

The annual cost of the program is about $35,000, said Stacey

Byington, public affairs spokeswoman. Be reselling the items,

the program last year made more than $44,000. The base uses

profits to create recreational programs for retired and

active-duty personnel and their dependents.

Begun in 1990, the program has diverted 1,478 tons of waste

from landfills and yielded more than $144,000 in profits. …

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