Solid Waste Management, Recycling and Radon
Solid Waste Management
The Office of Planning and Environmental Management (OPEM) assists the state's solid waste management efforts by:
The Recycling industry is big business in Georgia, yet every year, Georgians collectively pay more than $100 million to bury raw materials worth nearly $300 million to manufacturers based right here in our state. Those manufacturing feedstocks are also known as recyclable material, and about 40 percent of what Georgians set out as ‘garbage’ could have been recycled. DCA works with our partner organizations to help local governments generate less waste, divert what they can for reuse, and efficiently dispose of the rest.
To find a recycling location near you use the following links:
We support a statewide education program to help homeowners and builders reduce indoor airborne radon levels, through our partners at the University of Georgia Extension Service. For in-depth radon information, see THIS PAGE.
Planning requirements for local governments changed significantly in 2011. Local government solid waste management plans, whether local, multi-jurisdictional or regional, must at a minimum:
For more information on these changes, see: O.C.G.A. 12-8-31 (2011 Changes to Solid Waste Planning Requirements)
DCA Solid Waste Management Survey
The 2012 Solid Waste Management Survey is open. The survey has changed significantly from previous years; please read the instructions carefully. You may wish to print out the instructions before completing the survey.2012 DCA Solid Waste Management Survey
Source-Separated Organics Recycling Toolkit
DCA is pleased to present the Source-Separated Organics Recycling Toolkit (S2ORT), funded by EPA Region 4. Local governments and other service providers seeking to meet residential waste diversion goals or offer additional collection services for their customers can use this resource to determine the feasibility, associated costs and optimal strategy for collecting organic material. Food residuals and yard trimmings can account for a third of the ‘waste’ material generated from households.
Waste and Recycling Collection RFP Toolkit
Model RFP Solid Waste Services (PDF)
Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit
Recycling at Events Toolkit
Information and Resources
School Recycling Guide (PDF)
Information and Resources
Georgia Recycling Coalition
For more information on planning or environmental management, e-mail the Office of Planning and Environmental Management or call 404-679-5279.
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