A Newsletter for ARC's Green Communities 

April 2016


What's the Problem with Glass?


How does a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) work?

The Glass Packaging Institute touts glass as “the trusted and proven packaging for health, taste and the environment.” The benefits associated with glass packaging are many - glass containers are nonporous and impermeable;  food and drinks sold in glass containers are safely protected; there is no change to the taste of products that are packaged in glass. And once glass containers are used, they can be recycled, resulting in significant environmental benefits and energy savings.

But despite all the good qualities of glass packaging, glass recycling is struggling. As glass recycling is analyzed, several communities with curbside recycling programs have recently dropped glass from the list of acceptable items.

So, what’s the problem with glass?  Read Will Flowers article at Waste 360 to find out…

To combat the bad rap glass is getting in the recycling business, the Glass Packaging Institute is providing funds to help clean the material at MRFs to allow for better price recovery and encourage residents to continue re-use efforts.

Find out about their efforts in North Carolina to show that glass is an environmentally friendly product that belongs in the recycle bin.


Green Communities Spotlight

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program

(Green Communities Measure #58)

Hazardous household waste can cause serious issues to the environment if it is not disposed of properly. Items such as in paints, cleaners, oils, single-use batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) and pesticides cannot be tossed in the trash or recycling with typical household waste.

The City of Dunwoody has worked to ensure the proper disposal of household hazardous waste through the hosting of biannual Household Hazardous Waste Recycling events. These events accepted aerosols, adhesives, resins, and epoxies, mercury debris/articles/devices, lawn care products, automotive products, fluorescent bulbs, pharmaceuticals, photo chemicals, hobby and artist supplies, paint and paint related products, cleaners and swimming pool chemicals, poisons (rat, rodent, and insect repellents) and pesticides.  The city also hosts separate electronics and paint recycling events.


Make it Personal

Reduce Your Landfill Impact

Reduce packaging waste – buying things in bulk or large quantities rather than single servings uses less packaging and saves you money.

Buy products made from recycled materials – buying recycled products saves vital natural resources and helps stimulate economic growth through environmentally preferable technologies.

Get in the habit of buying reusable products – using products like reusable lunch containers can significantly reduce waste.

Read more from the Georgia Recycling Coalition...


Community Connection

Live a Charmed Life

CHaRM stands for The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. It is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems.

CHaRM, located in the City of Atlanta, provides many benefits, such as:

  • Located at an easily accessible and convenient location
  • Accepts a wider range of items than typical curbside recycling
  • Provides educational sessions about the importance of proper disposal of hard to recycle materials
  • Keeps hazardous materials out of our air, water and soil

Sustainability News Clips

Green News from Near and Far


Get Green for
Going Green

Upcoming Sustainability Funding Deadlines

Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training Grants
Application due April 21

Clean Diesel National Grants
Applications due April 26

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grants
Applications due April 29

Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program
Applications due June 6

Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings awards
Applications due June 10

Closed Loop Fund for Recycling
Applications open until funds are used

Georgia Power Incentives for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Applications open until funds are used

Sustainable Connections logo

ARC Launches new internship program to connect students with local governments around sustainability.


Green by the Numbers

Recycling Stats!

500: number of years it takes for a glass bottle to decompose 

1,609: pounds of trash produced per person per year in the US

60,000: gallons of water saved with every ton of paper recycled

1,100,000: number of jobs created by recycling

Source & Infographic



Sustainability Happenings

A Taste of AGlanta
April 18 | Atlanta, GA

“Catching the Sun” Screening
April 19 | Atlanta, GA

21st Annual Earth Day Party
April 21 | Atlanta, GA

GA Solar Golf Outing
April 21 | Suwanee, GA

CNU Atlanta UrbanTalk
April 21 | Atlanta, GA

Finding the Dollars to Support Community Agriculture
April 28 | Webinar

Sustainability and Resiliency: Pittsburgh
April 28 | FREE Webinar

Pints for Parks
May 3 | Atlanta, GA

May Green Drinks
May 11 | Atlanta, GA

Community Solar Workshop
May 24 | Atlanta, GA

Solar Power Southeast
May 25 & 26 | Atlanta, GA

One Water Summit
June 8, 9 & 10 | Atlanta, GA

TUFF Summit: Pioneering Green Practices On Campus
June 8 & 9 | Atlanta, GA

The Green Matters e-newsletter is designed to give you a glimpse of important sustainability initiatives happening around the metro Atlanta region and beyond. Whether it's the latest research, new educational offerings, environmental stewardship efforts or potential funding opportunities, this e-newsletter will help you stay abreast of what's happening in this important subject area.