Making Waste Greener

Waste is inevitable. As humans we are just going to create waste. The trick is to find ways to help keep the environment as clean as possible while doing so. This can be a challenge, but there are some ways that waste management companies in the beautiful state of Georgia are helping.

A big issue in our state, as well as the others across the U.S., is that about 40 percent of our solid waste is recyclable. These recyclable materials hold a market value of over $250 million, but instead we are spending close to $90 million to dispose of them.

Statewide we are getting kids involved through education about the environment and how to help preserve it through a new program called Georgia Green & Healthy Schools (GGHS). This program was created to integrate and facilitate access to local, state, and national environmental resources to assist schools in their goal to practice environmental stewardship.

There are also guidelines to help with hazardous waste management as well. The Georgia Rules of Hazardous Waste Management (Rules) adopt the federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations, which are designed to ensure that the generation, transportation, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes are conducted in a manner that provides maximum protection to human health and the environment.

Georgia Power is in on the environmental health train by equipping coal-fired power plants with the latest environmental controls to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury.

Working together, we can help protect our state’s resources and preserve them for future generations. Protecting our air, soil and groundwater is of utmost importance in seeing to it that Georgia stays the beautiful gem she is.

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