Officials with the State of Georgia presented the Savannah City Council with a $955,000 check for recycling equipment during the City Council meeting on Thursday, July 16.
State Department of Community Affairs Director Randy Hartmann and Mike Gleaton of the Governor’s Office presented the check, which is the result of a grant application submitted by the City last year for recycling containers and trucks for the City’s new single stream curbside recycling program.
Hartman joined Mayor Johnson, Alderman Stuber, City Sanitation Bureau Chief Stephanie Cutter and others to kick off the campaign in front of tons of recyclables during a press conference at the recycling processing facility back in June. Following Thursday’s presentation, state officials helped the City host a special “Green” Recycling Night on Friday during the Sand Gnats game at Grayson Stadium.
The Recycling Night will include a live radio remote, prize giveaways, event recycling and other activities intended to promote the State’s “You Gotta Be Kidding” recycling campaign, of which Savannah is a partner community.
Since the inception of the City’s curbside recycling program in January, the City has collected 3,206 tons of recyclables from Savannah households.
The program has reduced the amount of material sent to our landfill by 14.2 percent, diverting 4,201 metric tons of carbon emissions from the air, according to a formula developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
That has diverted an estimated 5,258 metric tons of carbon emissions.
For more information contact the City’s Public Information Office at 912- 651-6410.