Curbside Recycling Update:
December 2016 ended our three month curbside recycling pilot program on College Street and The Villages. We had over 200 customers combined participating in this project and based on what we saw from the City of Calhoun side, our customers did a great job. A special “ thank you” goes out to all families who chose to participate in this initiative.
Renee Mauldin, of Mauldin’s Trash Services volunteered her time, money, manpower, and energy to make a special pick-up of sorted recyclables in the two chosen neighborhoods of Calhoun (College St and The Villages). These areas were chosen based on visibility and the cooperative efforts of the HOA at The Villages. Participants were issued blue bags of various sizes along with detailed instructions on sorting plastic, paper, aluminum, tin, and cardboard. On specific Tuesdays during the trial period (from October to December) families placed their sorted materials on the curb, and Renee or her designee picked up the material and delivered it to our warehouse where it was weighed, sorted and processed for sale.
December was by far our best month, thanks to online shopping. Cardboard weight was four to five times higher than previous months, and plastic in the month of December was also very high. We are able to sell this material to Caraustar Recycling and Pratt Industries, and all proceeds will be used to continue the expansion of our program.
If you have suggestions or would like to see curbside in your neighborhood, please contact Judy Peterson, Recycling Coordinator. We welcome your positive input.
The City of Calhoun hosted its first annual Recycling Banquet on December 15, 2016. We were honored to have over 80 attendants at the Velo Vineyard. This special evening gave us an opportunity to publicly say “Thank You” to so many businesses, organizations, and individuals who have worked diligently to build a stronger recycling program in Calhoun. Shawn Chastain, Operations Manager of the Recycling Center, presented plaques to: Shawn Javad, Wasteco, Johnathan Purser, Chick -fil-A, and Kenny Fuquea, Santek. Other recognition included Rene Mauldin of Mauldins Trash, Denise Radstad of Gordon Hospital and Mohawk Industries.
A special thank you was offered to all of the downtown businesses who currently participate in our Cardboard Recycling Initiative and to members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church who help with OCC collection on a weekly basis. We have the BEST PARTNERS in RECYCLING and that is why our program is continuing to GROW! Please join us in the coming year to help make CALHOUN – A GREEN CITY!!!!
I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK ALL THE BUSINESSES THAT DONATE THEIR CARDBOARD TO THE DOWNTOWN RECYCLING PROJECT!! WITH YOUR HELP, WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP TONS OF MATERIAL AWAY FROM THE LANDFILL , REDUCE THE COST YOU PAY FOR WASTE PICK UP, GENERATE $$$$ DOLLARS $$$$ FOR OUR CENTER, AND MOST OF ALL, KEEP CARDBOARD IN THE RECYCLING LOOP!!
- SHERWIN WILLIAMS
- PETS R US
- CALHOUN PAINT
- 365 ON PIEDMOND
- MOTHER NATURE’S EDEN
- BJ’S DINER
- OWENS FLORIST
- A+ DRIVING SCHOOL
- TOT ROOST
- PAT’S PLACE
- BAXTER DEAN
- PETE’S MUSIC
- CALHOUN/GORDON COUNTY LIBRARY
- GORDON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
- GEM THEATRE
- VELLO VINEYARD
- CALHOUN WATCH SHOP
- CALHOUN FARM SUPPLY
- BRANNON’S FLORIST
- LIQUOR WAREHOUSE
- BAXTER DEAN
- SHAWN LANGSTON’S SECURIT
- WALLSTREET GRILLE
- ABC LIQUOR
- DIPRIMA SHOES
- AND OUR LARGEST CONTRIBUTOR …… JIMMY PAYNE / OTASCO
BUT, none of this would be possible if it were not for the generous donations of SHAWN JAVAD, Waste Co. His partnership, his collaborative spirit, and incredible willingness to provide trailers, to move trailers, to transport materials ~~THIS is what keeps us going ~~
THANK YOU, SHAWN JAVAD, FOR SUPPORTING CITY OF CALHOUN RECYCLING!!
Also, Renee Mauldin and Mauldin Trash Services, are an important part in our downtown project! They are INVALUABLE partners in Recycling! They pick up anywhere from three to four truckloads of OCC every Tuesday from over 25 businesses in and around the downtown area in their pickup, and deliver it to our warehouse for processing (free of charge to the City of Calhoun)! This is a tough, hot, sweaty job, but Renee and Robert always have a smile on their face! I love working with such great people because WE share the same goals — WE WANT TO MAKE RECYCLING WORK IN CALHOUN! WE WANT IT TO BE SOMETHING WE DO AS A HABIT NOT SIMPLY AS A PROJECT! AND I FIRMLY BELIEVE CALHOUN IS GOING GREEN IN 2016!! GOOD JOB CALHOUN!
Rules for recycling plastic at CRC:
#1 and #2 plastic only.
Please remove all lids.
Lids can be recycled with your plastic.
Please rinse out food grade plastic to prevent odors.
Rules for recycling paper at CRC:
We are now using Gaylord boxes for collecting mixed paper which makes it easier for our customers.
Mixed paper is magazines, newspaper, file folders, copy paper, manuals, mail, catalogs, books, envelopes (even windowed) shredded paper computer printouts.
No plastic, tape, paper towels, tissue, waxed cardboard, laminated paper, spiral notebooks.
The recycling of glass has been a topic of the news lately for several reasons. Many cities and counties are making the decision to no longer accept glass at their recycling centers as well as in curbside recycling because of the high cost of processing. We are happy to report that the City of Calhoun is not considering this option at this time.
We are currently selling our glass to Strategic Materials out of College Park and we are being paid for the glass. The cost of hauling this material is expensive, but we are willing to absorb the cost and attempt to make it back through the recycling of other products (i.e. cardboard) that is selling for $80 per ton.
Strategic Materials provides a list of acceptable vs not acceptable materials that can go into our bins. Please review the list and help us to earn a higher rating with Strategic, thus allowing us to make more money per load.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for recycling,
Glass Recycling Made EASY
- Soda Bottles
- Beer Bottles
- Juice Containers
- Ketchup Bottles
- Wine and Liquor Bottles
- Food Containers
- Ceramic Cups and Plates
- Clay Pots
- Light Bulbs
- Window Glass
- Heat Resistant Ovenware
- Drinking Glasses
What Can and Cannot be recycled
in the Mixed Paper Only Program?
City of Calhoun Recycling Center
215 Pine St
Calhoun, GA 30701
Judy Peterson, Recycling Coordinator
Kevin McEntire, Public Works
Special thanks to the following for their generous donations:
Hillhouse Garden Club
Calhoun Beautification Committee
- REDUCES POLLUTION
· Manufacturing products from recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35% and air pollutants by 73%.
· Using recycled steel in manufacturing cuts down on 76% of the water pollutants, 86% of the air pollutants, and 97% of the mining wastes.
- REDUCES NEED FOR LANDFILLS
· In the US, landfills include more than 80% of all solid waste.
· Recycling helps to reduce landfill space and disposal costs.
- REDUCES LITTER
· Litter is a costly as well as unsightly problem US-tax payers are charged with.
· $500 million every year goes to pick up litter by crews along state highways.
- TO INCREASE OUR NUMBERS IN RESIDENTIAL RECYCLING BY 50% OVER THE NEXT YEAR.
- TO DETERMINE COSTS FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF CURBSIDE RECYCLING IN CITY OF CALHOUN.
- TO PROVIDE BUSINESSES THE NEEDED BINS REQUIRED FOR THE RECYLING OF MIXED PAPER AND CARDBOARD AND PLASTIC.
- TO SUPPPORT OUR SCHOOLS IN THEIR RECYCLING OF MIXED PAPER, CARDBOARD AND PLASTIC AND MAKE IT A PROFITABLE ENTERPRISE.
- TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PROMOTING RECYCLING IN THE CITY THROUGH OUR SCHOOLS, THROUGH BUSINESSES, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.