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Recycling Best Practices for the Foodservice Industry

Waste or Product?

On October 29, 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, in partnership with the Green Foodservice Alliance, the Georgia Restaurant Association, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, hosted a seminar entitled Waste or Product? Recycling Best Practices for the Foodservice Industry.

The majority of foodservice operation “waste” that is hauled to landfills is industrial product. With a properly negotiated waste hauling contract, recycling is a cost saving endeavor. The purpose of the seminar was to provide options to create solutions for recycling back and front of the house “waste.”

Holly Elmore, Founder and Executive Director, Green Foodservice Alliance, welcomed attendees and expressed the hope that they would understand more about the products they are sending to land fills and learn about scenarios and resources for recycling solutions.

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Top Ten Reasons to Recycle

Curbside Pickup

Recycling involves the separation and collection of used materials for processing and remanufacturing into new products. Recycling is a great way to keep materials out of the landfill, and turn trash into valuable resources.  

Many communities have curbside collection programs where recyclable materials are picked up right outside your residence.  

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Recycle those Prom Dresses

Across America, more than 2,300 events will be taking place on September 27 to showcase the power and potential of citizens doing service to address some of our nation’s greatest challenges. Thousands of people of all ages have mobilized in every state to organize events that will demonstrate the impact of service and inspire citizens to take action for change.

In DeKalb County, several citizens will be convening for an event that brings together neighbors, community leaders, students, and business leaders, concerned about enhancing the lives of girls in DeKalb County and metropolitan Atlanta, to the Suite 20 Salon on Candler Road for the Enchanted Closet "Recycling for Service" Trunk Show.

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DeKalb County's Recycling Program

Editor's note: As of September, 2012, Recycling is now free in DeKalb County. To get details visit DeKalb Recycles.

How to participate

Call the Sanitation Customer Service ( 404 ) 294-2900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and subscribe to the residential recycling program Initial subscription cost is $ 30.00 as described above which includes first year’s worth of supplies and 12 months of weekly curbside collection service.

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City of Decatur's Recycling Program

Your recycling must go into the red and green bins supplied by the City of Decatur. They are free and will be delivered to your door. Dreamsan (the private company that collects Decatur's recycling) is not expected to pick up any recycling that is not in one of these bins. Call the Sanitation Department, 404-377-5571, if you need additional bins.

Red recycling bins were introduced into the Decatur Recycling Program to separate glass commodities from all other recycling. Now, now thanks to improvements in recycling sorting technologies, glass no longer has to be sorted separately from the other commodities.

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Lilburn Simplyfies Solid Waste

Every City and County handle waste differently. In Liliburn they are proud to handle in a way that is free and decreases street congestion.

The City of Lilburn maintains a system that ensures the best available service is delivered week after week. Homeowners are not billed monthly for the service, unlike most communities. Residents currently enjoy a premium serivce including household waste collection, curbside recycling collection, bulk items and weekly yard waste collection.

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Roswell, GA offers a Variety of Recycling Services

The City of Roswell offers it's citizens multiple ways to recycle. They increase their recycling efforts with two new programs this Spring. 

Roswell offers two ways for its’ residents to recycle: curbside and a manned drop-off center.

The curbside program is contracted to Community Waste Services (CWS) and collection is once a week. Each resident is given one 18 gallon bin and may request others if they have a need for more than one bin. CWS collects all paper, PET, HDPE, aluminum cans, phone books, glass, OCC, chipboard and magazines. Their website is www.roswellrecycles.com.

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Summer Recycling Activities for the kids

“Think Composting” coloring books and activity guidesare available on request from GRC.Activity guides are $2.00 and coloringbooks .20 cents each. For more information or to order, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (404) 634-3095.

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