One year later: Savannah’s curbside recycling program

Picture 4To mark the one year anniversary of curbside recycling for residential customers in the City of Savannah, WTOC and WSAV aired approving segments on the program. It’s reached 50 percent participation, a level that surpassed expectations. Early in the program there was considerable grumbling about everything from missed pick ups, to the size of the containers to the color of the container lids. While curbside recycling (and recycling in general) still has critics, plenty of Savannah residents have found that the city’s system delivered on it’s promise. It’s made recycling easy.

WTOC’s story hinted that the next area of expansion would be to apartment complexes. A worthy goal for sure, but there’s tons more room for additional progress. From The New Home Economics blog today comes news of a “pay as you throw” garbage hauler in Minnesota that charges based on the weight of trash. That way, folks who generate more trash pay more to have it trucked to the landfill. Meanwhile, an incentive is provided to those who recycle, compost and consider packaging and other waste disposal impacts before making purchases. Charging by weight instead of flat fee also allows the use of  smaller trucks.

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Transportation, land use, local farming and green building are all potential topics for Sustainable Savannah. The goal is to aggregate content about local events and projects, so there will be a central place to review everything that’s happening. The site is aimed at encouraging collaboration and information sharing between groups and individuals currently engaged in sustainability efforts. The site can also provide a snapshot of Savannah for green-minded people who are considering visiting or moving to the area.

3 thoughts on “One year later: Savannah’s curbside recycling program

  1. Maria Castro

    I would say that 50% participation is VERY VERY generous! Athens has a 35% participation and that is really great! Yes, the program has made recycling easy but I think we can still imporove on education and participation. I encourage people to ask questions about the percentage! In the meantime, we are currently recycling for apartment complexes like Frogtown that does not get curbside recycling if anyone is interested.

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