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Savannah’s Keeping it Green
Today, the term “going green” is defined as being environmentally sound. It means using natural and alternative resources in place of those ultimately harming our environment. As individuals, we have the power to make a positive impact with a few minor changes (i.e., reduce, re-use, recycle). By doing so, we are creating a healthier environment and, consequently, saving money. Fortunately, the city of Savannah is providing its residents with helpful resources. (http://www.savannahgreensource.com/contents/view/10/25/savannah-is-green-.html)
One of the primary resources is Recycle Savannah, which is a community partnership between the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, private and public schools, local industries, and the residents of Savannah. The partnership has proven to conserve natural resources, conserve energy, reduce pollution, generate revenue, and reduce landfill space. The citizens of Savannah are offered various opportunities to get involved in recycling (i.e., School Recycling, White Goods Program, Bacon Park Transfer Station, the Recycling Complex, and satellite Drop-Off Sites). As a result, these various programs have redirected thousands of tons of waste annually from Savannah’s landfill. Essentially, the city of Savannah is doing our environment a favor.
Recycling Complex: Education & Drop-Off Center
The Recycling Complex: Education & Drop-Off Center was opened in Savannah on May 23, 2007. The mission of the complex is to educate the community concerning the significance of waste reduction and conservation of natural resources. Also, the Education Center provides various literatures on recycling, information on current recycling programs, projects, and local exhibits. In addition, the center offers tours to school classrooms.
The location consists of open top 40-yard roll-off containers, and eight-yard containers used to aid the collection of recyclables. The center offers recycling prospects such as aluminum cans, steel, and plastics (#1 and #2). In addition, white goods can be recycled at the location (i.e., washers, dryers, stoves, etc). The Recycling Complex is located at 14 Interchange Court. The regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the Recycling Coordinator Office at 912 651-1967.
Satellite Drop-Off Sites
In addition to the Recycling Complex, Savannah offers other city-sponsored drop-off sites. For locations, operation hours and acceptable items call 912-651-1967 or visit online at http://www.ci.savannah.ga.us/.
Savannah makes household recycling fairly simple for its residents. The recycling method is referred to as single-stream, in which all acceptable recyclables are discarded into a 96-gallon cart. The cart includes educational materials, as well as instructions on the lid. Acceptable items range from plastic bottles, metals, aluminum cans, paper, flattened cardboard boxes, and glass jars. The items that are prohibited are as follows: food waste, yard waste, plastic bags, Styrofoam, automotive parts/materials, construction material, damp products, and medical waste. Other recommendations include: removal of lids/tops, removal of food residue, and rinsing of cans, jugs, bottles, etc.
Conveniently, the recyclables are collected twice monthly just as the regular waste collection. However residents are advised to place the cart at the curb by 7 a.m. and removed after collection. After collection, items are shipped to Pratt Industries Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), where they are sorted, sold to vendors, and manufactured into new products. If residents do not receive curbside recycling for one reason or another, the Sanitation Bureau should be contacted at 311 for assistance.
E-Recycling at Goodwill
Also, Savannah offers its residents a location for recycling electronics. The Goodwill Industry of Savannah contributes by opening the Computer Store, which offers collection of technological equipment. The items collected are refurbished and sold in Goodwill stores serving the Coastal Empire. The Computer Store accepts technological equipment such as monitors, keyboards, mouse controllers, etc. These items are considered to be 100% recyclable. Since identification protection is a concern, each computer receives stringent cleaning. The hard drives are removed, placed in a locked container, and removed of all personal information using a supported Department of Defense program referred to as “DBAN.”
The mission of Goodwill Industries is to improve the lives of people with disabilities and other constraints by creating jobs and resources. With each donation to Goodwill, it reduces landfill space. Also, it offers low-income families the ability to purchase refurbished computers at an affordable price. The Goodwill Computer Store is headquartered at 7220 Sally Mood Drive. For more information call, 912-354-6611, ext. 192
New Environmentally Friendly Transportation
With the downfall of the economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. And Downtown Savannah has a solution for decreasing transportation costs! The River Street Streetcar began full swing on Wednesday, February 11. The streetcar service will run Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The two-sided River Street Streetcar is an extension of the Dot system and shares stops with the Dot Express Shuttle (Historic District). The authentic 1930’s Melbourne has environmentally friendly green technology and holds up to 54 passengers. The streetcar is also fully ADA accessible. For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 912-651-6410, or visit online at www.connectonthedot.com.
Savannah, the first city in Georgia, is well known for its beautiful, downtown historic district, fun atmosphere, southern hospitality, and good food. Today, its residents, and community leaders are working towards a healthier, green environment. It’s certain that “Going Green” is not just another marketable aspect for Savannah; it’s about all preserving the beauty of the city.
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