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November 20, 2009

County-wide recycling

Editor's note: This is the third of three articles submitted by the Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Management Authority. They can all be found on the Web site through "search our site."

Don’t live in the city and don’t have curbside recycling collection? Don’t worry, you have lots of other recycling options to choose from. Every time you take your garbage to a convenience center you can deposit your recycling as well. This is a free service and we hope you are taking advantage of it. Many of you have realized that recycling is important because these convenience centers collected just over 2,200,000 pounds of recyclable material at these sites in 2008.

While that is a lot of stuff recycled through these centers, less than half of our citizens are fully utilizing the recycling opportunities offered at these sites, just as in the city. We have a goal of increasing participation in all of our programs for 2010 and hope that you will join us in that effort.

There are four sites located throughout the county for your convenience. Here is a list of those sites, hours of operations and materials accepted. These facilities are open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., except as noted.

Old Dixie Landfill, 4189 Old Dixie Highway

McGaughey Chapel Transfer Station, 819 McGaughey Chapel Road (closed Wednesday)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Transfer Station, 1924 ML King Blvd

Westside Transfer Station, 2598 Landfill Road (closed Tuesday)

They accept aluminum cans; steel cans; glass bottles and jars – all colors; newspapers; magazines; mixed paper; telephone books; cardboard and paperboard; #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jars; rechargeable batteries; lead acid batteries; scrap metals; used motor oil; yard trimmings; scrap tires (fee varies based on size); electronics; carpet and padding at Old Dixie Highway site only (requires fee)

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