City Increases Recycling by 15 Percent
Kennesaw took second place in the Waste Reduction and Recycling category of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards.
Monday, the City of Kennesaw was honored for a pilot recycling project that resulted in a 15 percent increase in recycling.
In its first year competing, Kennesaw took second place in the Waste Reduction and Recycling category of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards, according to a release from the city.
Kennesaw's “Go Green with Blue” program provided a blue 65-gallon roll cart for recycle collection to 500 households in five pilot neighborhoods. This was supported by a rigorous public awareness campaign which included brochures, newsletters and signage.
The city's 18 percent recycling rate compares to a 32 percent rate in the pilot neighborhoods. The eventual goal is to raise the city's recycling rate to 40 percent, the release said.
According to the release, the success of the pilot program has encouraged city officials to expand it to additional neighborhoods through the purchase of more carts.
The Keep Georgia Beautiful awards program honors ongoing efforts in community improvement, waste reduction, recycling and more.
“Local communities should be very proud of the efforts nominated groups and individuals put forth to make their part of the world a better place,” said Sarah Visser, Executive Director of the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. “We are proud to pull all of these local efforts together and highlight the great work and progress being made statewide.”
The city is currently in the process of ordering more 65-gallon recycle carts, according to Public Works officials. If you would like to request a cart, contact RoseAnn Kesterson at the Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770-421-8582 and you will be put on the waiting list. Currently, handheld recycle bins can be picked up at the Public Works Department located at 3080 Moon Station Rd.