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Cart & Bin Spring 2009

Earth DayIn this Edition
Celebrate Earth Day
Holiday collection changes for Easter, Memorial Day
Recycled content vs. recyclable products?
Have you tried composting? 

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Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2009. What can you do to celebrate the Earth? Make a commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

First, REDUCE.

Buy products with less packaging to reduce waste. Packaging materials account for a significant portion of the waste that goes in our landfills…. Buy only what you need…. Say no to unwanted catalogs (Catalog Choice).... Reduce toxic waste around your house. How?

Second, REUSE what you can.

Repair items when possible…. Use durable coffee mugs…. Buy durable items instead of disposables….

Take reusable, durable bags when you go shopping – and don’t forget and leave your bags in the trunk.

Third, RECYCLE everything that you can.

Know what materials are accepted in your recycling program and include only those materials in your recycling bin.… If your community doesn’t offer curbside recycling, take recyclables to a collection center…. Close the recycling loop by buying products with recycled content, and products that use recycled packaging that is accepted in your recycling program. Then, be sure to recycle them! But remember: recycling is great, but reducing is even better. 

Recycle Today web site 

Holiday collection changes for Easter, Memorial Day

Easter (observed April 10):

  • No change in yard cart and curbside recycling collections.
  • Garbage normally collected Friday, April 10, will be collected on Monday, April 13.  

Memorial Day (observed May 25):

  • There will be no change in garbage collections.
  • All curbside recycling and yard cart collections will be postponed a day: Monday on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc. Friday recycling will be collected on Saturday, May 30.

The Sanitation web site has a yearly holiday schedule

What’s the difference between recycled content and recyclable products?

Recycled content products are products made from materials that would have been otherwise discarded, such as aluminum cans. Recycled content means that the product is partially or totally made from recycled content products, or it can be an item that has been rebuilt or remanufactured from used products, such as toner cartridges. Look for items made from post-consumer content.

Post-consumer content means that the item has served its intended purpose and is being reused for a different purpose instead of being discarded. An item that is simply labeled recycled content might mean that the material has come manufacturing scrap. Buying products with post-consumer content strengthens the market for recycled materials and insures that the materials collected in recycling programs will be reused again in the manufacture of new products. When possible, choose products with the highest percentage of post-consumer content.

Recyclable products are products that can be remanufactured into new products after they have been used. Recyclable products do not necessarily mean that they contain recycled materials. These products benefit the environment only if people recycle them after they have been used.

Recycle Bin


 Bottles for recycling 




Have You Tried Composting?

Composting is a valuable way to recycle the organic leftovers generated at home. Composting yard waste and kitchen waste are good ways to return nutrients back into the soil.

The Sanitation Department collected more than 20,000 tons of yard waste in 2008, not including brush. That’s a lot of potential for composting.

Nature really does most of the work in composting. Place your weeds, leaves, vegetable peels, and other organic materials in a container or heap in a pile, and the process begins. The materials begin to decay and thousands of micro organisms begin to break it down. The end product is a material known as “humus” which is a Latin word for “earth” or “ground.” (You can learn more in the Wikipedia article on humus.)

The crumbly, dark, finished product is ideal to use as mulch, potting soil, spot fertilizer, top dressing for soil, or as a soil enhancer.

As an added benefit, composting reduces the amount of waste going to the city’s yard waste facilities. About 20 percent of the yard waste we collect could be used in composting. This reduction would benefit the environment and reduce disposal costs. And the best part is, NATURE DOES MOST OF THE WORK! 

For more information about composting, visit this Forsyth County page 

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