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FEATURE save approximately $1 million dollars annually for each percent reduction in contamination. When markets are as poor as they have been, contamination becomes an even more urgent issue, with some manufacturers refusing to accept loads contaminated by non-recyclables. Several years ago, Chinese manufacturers began rejecting substandard shipments at the ports, leading to significant expenses in return shipments. The southeastern U.S. offers plenty of buyers for many Georgia recyclables, but materials are being held to higher standards everywhere. When markets are lagging but recycling processors are compelled to spend a great deal to remove trash residuals from the recycling stream, it ultimately impacts county financials. The Importance of Citizen Education Even as the economic recovery continues, the industry is unlikely to go back to prerecession levels of acceptance for contaminated loads. In fact, when markets improve, manufacturers are projected to continue to demand higher-quality material and penalize contaminated loads. Local education and ongoing public outreach are critical to help citizens understand that some items, even those that are recyclable in another country, state or even Georgia county, are not necessarily recyclable in their own household curbside bins. Though the cost is typically lower for counties to recycle than it is to landfill, minimizing contamination of recyclables is crucial for ensuring that remains the case. "The effect that pushback on contamination has had on recycling is to make us look inward at the ways in which our technology may be inadequate, examine the real costs of sorting materials that are in fact marketable and determine how we can do better in providing public information and education," said Gloria Hardegree, executive director of the Georgia Recycling Coalition. To protect the economy, the environment and counties' bottom lines, robust education to combat contamination must begin soon. What Your County Can Do In spite of the challenges, recycling can benefit your county. To reduce your county's dependency on landfill waste disposal, to help keep your roadsides and rivers trash-free and to satisfy your citizens' desire to do their part for the environment, take some time to consider and implement the following best practices: * Examine the current programs in place for the handling of household solid waste. What incentives exist - or could be put into place - to encourage citizens to increase their contributions to recycling programs? * Evaluate how the provision of recycling opportunities might reduce illegal dumping, increase services to citizens and benefit your county. * Engage community organizations, businesses and citizens in recycling programs, increasing the benefit of recycling as a point of civic pride. * Educate citizens about what can and cannot be recycled in order to minimize costs associated with contamination. Finally, and most importantly, become knowledgeable about recycling's direct and indirect financial benefits for your county. It's likely that recycling can bolster your bottom line while bettering your community. ■ Laura Hernandez is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Georgia County Government. She is a resident of Gwinnett County. Laura can be reached at laura.rylee@gmail.com I am Georgia Recycling. Kenny Sargent RECYCLING SUPERVISOR KEEP WALTON BEAUTIFUL RECYCLING CENTER MONROE, GA Recycling in our state saves energy, conserves water and creates thousands of jobs for Georgians. More than 120 Georgia businesses, like Keep Walton Beautiful, capture recycled materials to be manufactured into new consumer products; they capture plastics, metal, glass, paper, organics, carpet, and tires collected from residential and commercial recycling programs to be used as raw materials. On any given day, you may be walking on, drinking from, reading from, wearing, driving in, eating from, printing on, or planting with a recycled content product that is Made in Georgia! Learn more: www.georgiarecycles.org 823794_Editorial.indd 1 FALL 2016 www.accg.org 8/9/16 75 8:18 PM http://www.georgiarecycles.org http://www.accg.org

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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