Study assesses Georgia's recycling efforts.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA (1) (Document Content Architecture) IBM file formats for text documents. DCA/RFT (Revisable-Form Text) is the primary format and can be edited. DCA/FFT (Final-Form Text) has been formatted for a particular output device and cannot be changed. ) has released a two-year study that looks at solid waste and recycling practices in the state.
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DCA worked with R. W. Beck to complete the study, which was funded with proceeds from the Georgia's Solid Waste Trust Fund. The study focused on material disposed at solid waste landfills.
The "Georgia Statewide Waste Characterization Study" reveals several facts about Georgia's municipal solid waste “Municipal waste” redirects here. For other uses, see Municipal waste (disambiguation).
Municipal solid waste (MSW) is a waste type that includes predominantly household waste (domestic waste) with sometimes the addition of commercial wastes collected by a practices. Food scraps, for example, comprises the largest portion of the Georgia's municipal solid waste (MSW (MicroSoft Word) See Microsoft Word. ). In 2004, Georgians disposed of about 800,000 tons of food, which amounts to 12 percent of the MSW disposed of in the state.
Based on 2004 data, six categories account for the next largest percentages of Georgia's municipal solid waste:
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* Nonrecyclable paper (699,178 tons, or 10.5 percent of total MSW tonnage);
* Film plastic (497,525 tons, or 7.4 percent of total MSW tonnage);
* Newspaper (322,001 tons, or 4.8 percent of total MSW tonnage); Various rigid plastics (291,886 tons, or 4.4 percent of total MSW tonnage); and
* Textiles (267,119 tons, or 4 percent of total MSW tonnage).
Combined, the top seven categories accounted for more than 54 percent of MSW disposed in the state.
Nearly 2.6 million tons--approximately 40 percent--of MSW Georgia residents throw away each year are common, recyclable materials with existing reuse markets inside the state. In 2004, Georgia residents and businesses spent an estimated $90 million to dispose of these items. Based on current recycling market values, if these items were recycled, the resulting raw materials would be worth more $250 million.
In 2004, more than 25 percent of paper products--approximately 1.9 million tons--that entered the state's MSW landfills could be recycled and reused by companies in Georgia.
Nine of Georgia's 15 paper mills rely totally on recycled paper for their production. One out of every three polyethylene terephthalate Ter`eph´tha`late
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"We have an amazing recycling market infrastructure in Georgia that needs more materials," Gloria Hardegree, director of the non-profit Georgia Recycling Coalition, says. "Our goal is to work diligently with communities to get the materials to the end users."