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Glass Recycling Update
From the Friendly Folks at Your Decatur Public Works Department

This week the City of Decatur began a new curbside recycling program for glass collection. As of July 1, all glass must be placed in a separate bin from your other recyclables and residents must provide their own bins for this. Overall, the rollout is going well. But we do have a few tips to share about glass collection that will help ensure the long-term success of the program.

If we missed your glass recyclables this week, we apologize for any inconvenience. Please make sure that it is properly prepared and not contaminated. We will collect your items on the next regularly scheduled service day.

Please remember:

  • Your glass will likely be picked up at a different time than your other recyclables. If you see that your mixed recycling has been collected, this does not mean that your glass collection was missed.
  • Have all trash, yard waste, and recycling placed at the curb by 7:30 am.
  • Remove all lids and tops from glass containers and place them in your mixed recycling bin.
  • Do not place any recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Mixed recycling that contains glass cannot be collected.

We are grateful to everyone who has helped this new program roll out smoothly so that Decatur can continue to be a leader in environmental sustainability.

Thanks so much,

David Junger, Denisal McCalpine, Lena Stevens, Sean Woodson, Kelvin Davis

Decatur Public Works  |  404-377-5571

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Separated Glass Collection Service Starts July 1

Good news! Decatur residents can continue to include glass in their curbside recycling services. Due to new rules set by recycling facilities, glass for recycling must be placed in a separate bin, that you provide. The bin should be 18 gal. or smaller, but any type or color is acceptable. Paper, plastics, and metal can still be mixed together and placed in a separate bin for collection. The annual sanitation fee for the new fiscal year increased from $250 to $275 to cover the cost for separated glass collection services. You will see an adjustment of $25 on your second property tax installment for this year.

Get more information at decaturga.com/recycling 

Over the past few months, Decatur Public Works staff has explored recycling options and gathered feedback from the community. All options, including sending glass to the landfill, involved an increase in the cost for providing recycling. An online survey developed with the assistance of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board collected more than 630 responses on this issue. More than 90% of respondents indicated they were willing to pay an additional $25 to $35 per year to continue curbside glass recycling services. And more than 76% of the respondents were willing to provide their own bins for separating glass to be recycled.

Glass Survey-Question 1 Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do recycling facilities no longer want glass mixed in with other materials?
While a co-mingled recycling collection program provides many benefits, it has contributed to a system of poorly sorted recovered materials, with pieces of glass, plastic and metal being delivered in bales of fiber; the wrong types of fiber going to paper mills; and, plastics, glass, and other materials being delivered to incorrect product manufacturers.

Will the glass collected actually be recycled?
Yes. The glass collected from the separated residential curbside program will be sent to a recovery facility called Strategic Materials. They are a processor for recycled glass used in a wide array of products such as containers, fiberglass insulation, and countertops

I still have my old red glass-only recycling bin. Can I use that instead of getting a new bin?
Yes, we encourage you to use those bins if you have them. If you do not have a bin, you must provide your own separate bin to place at the curb on your regular collection day. The bin should be 18 gallons or smaller, but any type or color is acceptable.

How does this affect City of Decatur residents?

  • Residents will need to place glass in a separate bin for curbside pickup on their regular collection days. These bins should be 18 gal. or smaller, but any type or color is acceptable.
  • All other recyclable materials can continue to be placed together in a separate bin.
  • The annual sanitation fee for the new fiscal year increased from $250 to $275 to cover the cost for separated glass collection services. Residents will see an adjustment of $25 on the second property tax installment bill sent later this year.

 

For More Information:

Visit decaturga.com/recycling for a complete list of the materials that are currently accepted. You may also call Decatur Public Works Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm, 404-377-5571.

 

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storm waterAstra Grading and Pipe will begin work during the  week of June 20 on Phase 2 of the Downtown Decatur Storm Drainage Improvements.  A plan of the new storm drainage system is included below.

As part of its efforts to eliminate flooding in and near downtown Decatur, the City of Decatur is making storm drainage improvements on East Trinity Place, East Howard Avenue, Barry Street and North Candler Street.  The project will start in front of Decatur Fire Station No. 1 and includes the replacement of undersized and deteriorated storm drainage facilities on East Trinity Place, Barry Street, North Candler Street and across private properties in the area.  All new storm drainage improvements will take place in City rights of way.

This project was originally planned almost 40 years ago and will reduce or eliminate frequent flooding on private properties on Barry Street, North Candler Street and East Howard Avenue. It completes the major planned improvements to the upper Peavine section of the downtown Decatur drainage system and replaces some of the oldest storm drainage infrastructure in metro Atlanta.

The work will be phased in 300 foot sections, with one lane closed while work is taking place in that section.  The work will start with location of utilities, saw cutting pavement and establishing a temporary construction office and storage area at 250 East Trinity Place.  Except when crossing intersections, two-way traffic and pedestrian access will generally be open during the entire job.  The work is expected to take 9 to 12 months.

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The City of Decatur is deciding whether to continue to keep glass in the residential curbside recycling program or remove it and send it to a landfill with other household waste. Your input will be helpful to this process.

>Click here to visit Open City Hall and take a 5-minute survey<

 

 

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Why is this necessary?

Metro Atlanta recycling companies have announced that they will only accept glass for recycling if it is separated from other materials. The City’s current recycling firm, Latham Home Sanitation, is obligated to pick up glass in Decatur through June 30, 2016; however, as of July 1, 2016, City of Decatur residents will no longer be able to mix glass with the other recyclables.

The Decatur Public Works Department and the City’s Environmental Sustainability Board are exploring options to address the new limits on glass recycling. The options are outlined below, along with their financial impacts on residents.

For more details and updated information visit decaturga.com/glass

 

What Are the Options?

Current Recycling Program
Cost: Annual Sanitation Fee $250

  • The Annual Solid Waste Fee covers the cost of offering co-mingled curbside residential recycling service in addition to household trash and waste, yard debris and other sanitation services.
  • Glass is mixed in with other recyclables and collected at the curb. This will no longer be an option after June 30, 2016

Option 1- Continue to Offer Residents the Convenience of Recycling Glass at Home by Separating Glass from Other Materials
Cost: Annual Increase of $25-$35

  • Resident separates glass from other recyclables and places it on the curb in its own container during normal collection day.

Option 2- Glass is Not Recycled and Goes to Landfill
Cost: Annual Increase of $10-15

  • Resident places glass in pay-as-you-throw garbage bags and the City of Decatur takes it to the landfill.
  • Currently glass makes up about 20% of most residents’ recycling.
  • Cost estimate includes $5 increase in Annual Solid Waste Fee and cost to the resident for purchase of additional pay-as-you-throw bags.

 

Please visit Open City Hall to give us your feedback.  The survey should take less that 5-minutes to complete.  If you have any questions about this issue contact Lena Stevens, lena.stevens@decaturga.com, 404-377-5571

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While you are putting the final touches on your costumes, don’t forget to drop by Decatur Public Works with your old electronics.  The Autumn Electronics Recycling Day will be held this Saturday, October 31st from 9am-1pm.  Almost anything with an electrical cord can be recycled at the event for free, but there is a $10 charge for televisions.  You can also bring paper materials for secure shredding and styrofoam too!  Since we started these events in 2005, we’ve diverted more than 1 million pounds of electronics from landfills, and since we added paper shredding we’ve collected 50,000 pounds.

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For all the details visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling 

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WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2015 (9 am to 1 pm)

LOCATION: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley St. (Enter from Columbia Drive)

MORE INFORMATION: Sean Woodson, Solid Waste Superintendent, 404-377-5571

 

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This is a reminder that all city offices are closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

Regular trash and recycling services for Monday will be on Tuesday, September 8. Regular services for Tuesday will be on Wednesday, September 9. There will be no trash or recycling pick up on Monday, September 7.

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The third annual Decatur’s Dinner Party is sure to be one of the best food events of the season and ticket are selling fast. Decatur’s most talented chefs are joining forces with organic farmers to cook up a feast benefiting Global Growers on Saturday, September 19th from 6-10pm. More than 150 guests and community leaders will dine family-style on the beautiful grounds of the historic Decatur cemetery.

The event will feature a multi-course meal featuring fresh produce, handcrafted cocktails, local beer, and a superb wine selection. Silent and live auctions will offer guests one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts to take home. All proceeds support Global Growers, a nonprofit organization well-known for their two Decatur urban agriculture projects – Decatur’s Kitchen Garden and Umurima (the Burundi Women’s Farm).

Buy your tickets online today!

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For more information, check out the Decatur’s Dinner Party Facebook page or contact Robin Chanin of Global Growers with any questions or to register as a sponsor: robin@globalgrowers.org

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Pictures From the 2014 Event:

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Don’t forget!  This weekend you can recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)

Location: Decatur Public Works, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur, GA 30030.  Please enter from Columbia Drive.

Contact Sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.

Paper Shredding

This is a great opportunity to ensure that your important personal documents are disposed of properly. AAA Security Shredding provides secure on-site document shredding, and all shredded documents will be 100 percent recycled. Most document types are acceptable, including bills, invoices, correspondence, canceled checks, tax records, financial statements, purchase orders, and blueprints and maps.

These items cannot be shredded: Cardboard, glass, plastic, magazines, napkins, newspapers, paper cups and plates, plastic or spiral-bound notebooks, phonebooks, three-ring binders, and trash.

 

Styrofoam Recycling Tips

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material

 

Electronics Recycling

Free Items:

Adding machines
Answering machines
Batteries, any kind
Cable converter boxes
Cables
Calculators
Component parts
Computer mouses
Computers
Copiers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
DVD players
Electric lawn mowers
Fax machines
Garden equipment
GPS receivers
Game controllers
Keyboards
Label makers
Mini-towers
Monitors
Pagers
PDAs
Portable CD players
Portable game players
Printer cartridges
Printers
Radios
Remote controls
Routers
Scanners
Servers
Speakers
Stereo equipment
Telephones
Telephony equipment
3-in-1 devices
Typewriters
UPS units
VCRs
Workstations
Zip drives

Recycling fee for TVs: $10 (cash only – exact change required)

 

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Your favorite recycling events — combined!

Recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.)

Contact Sean Woodson at 404-377-5571 or sean.woodson@decaturga.com for more information and last-minute updates, or visit decaturga.com/electronicsrecycling.

Paper Shredding

This is a great opportunity to ensure that your important personal documents are disposed of properly. AAA Security Shredding provides secure on-site document shredding, and all shredded documents will be 100 percent recycled. Most document types are acceptable, including bills, invoices, correspondence, canceled checks, tax records, financial statements, purchase orders, and blueprints and maps.

These items cannot be shredded: Cardboard, glass, plastic, magazines, napkins, newspapers, paper cups and plates, plastic or spiral-bound notebooks, phonebooks, three-ring binders, and trash.

 

Styrofoam Recycling Tips

  • Make sure foam has the “6” symbol on it
  • Rinse and separate food service containers from other foam
  • No straws, lids, tape or stickers
  • No foam peanuts or insulation material

 

Electronics Recycling

Free Items:

Adding machines
Answering machines
Batteries, any kind
Cable converter boxes
Cables
Calculators
Component parts
Computer mouses
Computers
Copiers
Digital cameras
Digital projectors
DVD players
Electric lawn mowers
Fax machines
Garden equipment
GPS receivers
Game controllers
Keyboards
Label makers
Mini-towers
Monitors
Pagers
PDAs
Portable CD players
Portable game players
Printer cartridges
Printers
Radios
Remote controls
Routers
Scanners
Servers
Speakers
Stereo equipment
Telephones
Telephony equipment
3-in-1 devices
Typewriters
UPS units
VCRs
Workstations
Zip drives

Recycling fee for TVs: $10 (cash only – exact change required)

 

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Trees give us shade, clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, and beautify our landscapes. The City of Decatur recognizes that all of us can contribute greatly to the health and structural integrity of these living treasures if we are empowered to recognize common problems and take proactive steps. Our goal is to help you help your trees and to provide that empowerment through education.

What: Decatur Trees 101 – The homeowner’s role in caring for Decatur’s urban forest

When: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015

Where: Community Room of the Eloise T. Leveritt Public Works Building, 2635 Tally St.

How much: FREE (for 20 City of Decatur homeowners only)

How to sign up: Email India Woodson at India.Woodson@decaturga.com with your name, address and contact information (must have email response with seat number for verification)

City of Decatur Tree Ordinance Overview:  This session will explain the new ordinance, what it means to the average homeowner and show you how to measure the canopy of your trees.

Tree Identification: The first step in taking proper care of your trees is to know what you have. Decatur Trees 101 will guide you through the steps on how to develop an inventory of what is on your property. You will also learn the basic characteristics of trees that will help you identify the species of trees that you have.

Tree Planting and Maintenance: This information session will teach you how to choose the right species for your landscape and feel confident that you are planting it in a way that ensures success. If you have planted trees that are struggling with the transition to their new home, learn what it takes to direct your trees toward long productive lives.

Structural Pruning: Also known as ‘formative’ pruning, this method of care can provide surprising benefits. Decatur Trees 101 can take the mystery out of this technique and show you how easy it is to work pruning into your tree maintenance plan

Tree Walks (TBD): Get to know your local trees while getting to know your community. We will introduce the trees to you by name and explain the distinguishing features that make each species unique. These events are always interactive and participants are challenged to practice their newly acquired skills!

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