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FEATURE Spotlight on a Georgia Recycling Pioneer With mandatory recycling policies, and a public-private partnership for processing, Athens-Clarke County is one of Georgia's most innovative recycling pioneers. Photo courtesy Athens-Clarke County Government. When it comes to waste reduction, AthensClarke has long been one of Georgia's most progressive counties. The county began offering curbside recycling in 1988 and pioneered the model of a public-private partnership for processing, with a privately-managed facility in existence for more than 20 years. The county was also the first to transition from dual-stream recycling-in which residents sort their materials before collection-into singlestream, a more cost-effective model that is now widespread. Athens-Clarke County government has chosen to lead the community by example. In November 2007, it adopted a mandatory policy requiring recycling infrastructure in all county government buildings and facilities, the appointment of a recycling coordinator for each county department and quarterly meetings with commercial recycling specialists. The county was the first in the state to appoint a recycling coordinator; the first to hold this position was Sharyn Dickerson, now one of the county's commissioners. An ordinance passed in 2012 requires businesses, multifamily dwellings and institutions to offer recycling as well. For the past 25 years, the county has kept a finger on the pulse of the community through a citizen solid waste advisory committee that meets regularly to share feedback and ideas. Two county commissioners, as well as Suki Janssen, Solid Waste Director, serve on the committee. 72 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT include oil prices - when low, recycled plastic is much less competitive; currency trends - a strong dollar overseas makes exports more difficult; and global manufacturing - recent overproduction of steel in Asia has significantly devalued the material in the U.S., for instance. * Changes in the makeup of the waste stream. Another challenge for recyclers at every level is the ongoing evolution of consumer goods and packaging materials. The paper, plastic and aluminum that comprised yesterday's recycling is now just the tip of the materials iceberg. In less than two decades, laptops, tablets and smartphones have consolidated many separate products - pagers, landlines, stereos, mp3 players, film and digital cameras, video cameras and desktop computers - that are now in the process of being discarded by consumers. Meanwhile, newspaper production has taken a nosedive, but corrugated cardboard is on the rise as a result of a steady increase in online shopping. Changes such as these mean counties must be prepared to continuously adjust their approaches to diverting materials from landfills. * Changes in the feasibility of recyclable items. Sometimes, a material that was once a regular component of the recycling bin becomes problematic. Glass, the focus of controversy in recent years, doesn't decompose and is one of few materials that can be recycled repeatedly. With the advent of single-stream recycling, glass recycling has fallen out of favor primarily because it can damage other recyclable materials en route to processing. Nonetheless, as Walton County proves, glass can still be recycled cost-effectively in Georgia. The county continues to collect it curbside and at convenience sites throughout the community and is taking advantage of greater supplies now that many private haulers have stopped accepting it. This fiscal year has seen glass collection in Walton County up 10 tons over the previous time period, and the county sells its stockpiles to the country's largest glassrecycling company, Strategic Materials, which has two locations in Atlanta. Contamination is a costly problem at recycling processing facilities, such as WestRock's in Cobb County. Public education and outreach is critical for keeping waste residuals out of the recycling stream. Photo credit Laura Hernandez.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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