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Liberty County selected to receive 'Away From Home' recycling grant
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Liberty County is among 13 Georgia communities chosen to receive grants awarded by the state’s “Away From Home” recycling program.
Gov. Sonny Perdue made the announcement recently in recognition of America Recycles Day.
“We congratulate the communities selected as the inaugural recipients for these important recycling awards,” Perdue said. “Based on the communities and special events selected, we are projecting more than 4.5 million Georgia citizens and visitors who will be reminded to recycle when they are away from home. We expect this initiative to have a measurable impact on our statewide environmental and recycling efforts.”
About the grant, Keep Liberty County Beautiful Director Sara Swida said, “This will give us equipment to provide recycling options at community events like, Libertyfest, etc. We are extremely excited about this opportunity.”           
In addition to Liberty County, recipients Athens-Clarke County, city of Atlanta, Bulloch County, Dalton/Whitfield Solid Waste Authority, Decatur County, city of
Douglasville, city of Gainesville, North Georgia Resource Management Authority (Banks, Lumpkin, Town and Union counties), city of Roswell, city of Savannah Sanitation Bureau, city of Tybee Island and city of Valdosta.
The “Away From Home” Recycling Program was established to help local communities promote recycling at special events like sporting events, concerts and festivals.
About $350,000 from Georgia's Solid Waste Trust Fund will be used to implement this initiative.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will work with the selected communities to establish and implement these newly announced recycling programs. Additional communities selected to receive the grants will be announced in 2008.

About the grants
Away From Home" grant recipients will not be awarded cash. Instead, the “turn key” grant package will consists of the actual equipment communities need to implement a special event collection program.
Based on the event’s expected attendance, the community will receive a trailer with up to 100 recycling containers stored on five, easy-to-assemble carts. The easy-to-assemble, self-contained carts can be pushed manually from location to location or hitched to the back of a motorized cart. Each cart will also contain a promotional recycling message.
In addition to the carts, each recycling trailer will have local government “check-out” forms, a special event recycling instruction manual, volunteer training and safety information and a recycling collection reporting sheet. Community specific recycling and promotional information will also be included with each trailer.
To track the program’s success, grant recipients must submit twice yearly, online electronic progress reports to DCA for two years after the grants award. DCA expects to issue a detailed report in December 2008 of key event data, including the overall amount of material recycled.
For more information about the state’s recycling efforts, visit DCA’s Web site at or call (404) 679-4940.
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