The Green Report

After all the wrappings are off and the boxes are opened, what can be saved to recycle?

All types of cardboard; corrugated and paper-board can be recycled at the curb. All wrappings other than aluminum foil paper can be recycled. Ribbon and ties cannot be recycled but gift bags with handles can.

Don’t have curbside recycling? Time now for you to take advantage of easy and free sign up at DeKalb County sanitation department. All you have to do is call 404-294-2900 or email and they will deliver to you a portable recycling bin, a supply of blue plastic bags for recyclables and directions for use. The county will pick up your recyclables once a week on the same day they pick up your yard debris. And it’s all free.

Want another alternative? DeKalb fire stations will accept mixed paper and cardboard at on-site dumpsters. What about packaging? If polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging has a triangle icon on it, it can be recycled with curbside recycling. Peanuts can go to any mail packaging store and they will be received with gratitude.

What about last year’s discards? All electronics except for televisions, gas-powered equipment, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, dehumidifiers or humidifiers can be dropped off at 3643 Camp Circle, Decatur, (by the jail) on Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Directions: Turn into Camp Circle from Memorial Drive and follow the signs to the drop-off site.)

A complete list of what is accepted: cables, electric panels, record players, projectors, computer monitors and much more is listed at recycling_electronics.html or call Keep DeKalb Beautiful at 404-371-2654.

And after the feast? Plastic bags and rinsed food trays can be brought to Publix or other super markets that recycle them. Rinsed aluminum trays can be recycled at curbside.

And the tree? DeKalb County will pick up Christmas trees left at the curb from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6. There will also be “Bring one for the Chipper” sites. Check The Crier or Keep DeKalb Beautiful for those times and locations. 404-371-2654.

Dunwoody Sustainability maintains a list of many items to recycle and places to recycle them. To find that list, visit Recycling/List.sflb. ashx. or call Dunwoody Sustainability Director, Rebecca Keefer at Dunwoody City Hall, 678-382-6700.

Dunwoody Sustainability Commission sponsored a household hazardous waste Recycling day on Dec. 15, 2012 at Georgia Perimeter College. Volunteers serviced a steady stream of cars into the GPC parking lot that came to drop off their extra or unused household chemicals.

Please watch your Dunwoody city calendar for news of the next scheduled recycling day.

Dunwoody Sustainability Commission meets every second Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at Dunwoody City Hall, Perimeter Center East, Bldg. 41, first floor. There is scheduled time for public comment and all are welcome.

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