Opinion

February 19, 2014

Dalton recycling works wonders

If recycling makes the world a better place, Dalton residents improve the world just a little bit more each year.

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority recently presented awards to the City Council and Dalton Public Works honoring the city’s curbside recycling program.

Liz Swafford, recycling and education program coordinator for the authority, said the recycling program collected a record 1,279 tons of materials in 2013, up from 1,252 tons in 2012 and 1,088 tons in 2010.

Council members and the public works department deserve credit for implementing the recycling program and for keeping it going year after year. But they could send trucks out week after week, year after year and the program could still be a failure. The reason it has succeeded so well is because of city residents. They are the ones who separate their cardboard and plastics and glass everyday and put them out each week. If not for their efforts, nothing would get hauled to the landfill for recycling.

Dalton’s recycling does more than help people feel good about themselves. The 1,279 tons collected last year saved the city $34,934 in landfill disposal fees and saved roughly 218 cubic yards of landfill space.

Saving money, reducing waste and prolonging the life of the landfill are all valuable goals, and they are all served by recycling. Dalton residents continue to recycle more each year. We hope they set another record this year.

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