Atlanta expands curbside recycling

Atlanta expands curbside recycling

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The City of Atlanta will launch a new expansion of its residential curbside recycling program.

Beginning Oct. 15, 66,000 Atlanta households will receive 96-gallon recycling carts, replacing the current 18-gallon bins that 30,000 residents already have. Currently, Atlanta residents generate 96,000 tons of trash annually, which costs the city $7 million a year to dispose of in landfills. Diverting recyclables from landfills produces revenue for the city at a rate of $30 per ton.

The Curbside Value Partnership, a national invitation-only program meant to help communities grow their curbside recycling programs, will help the lead expansion and will develop and measure an education campaign to encourage residents to use their new carts.

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