Posts tagged Atlanta

Newspaper Circulars

I have written many times on my blog about the problem of newspaper circulars being thrown onto driveways and not picked up by the homeowners. Locally, The Tennessean puts these in plastic bags, which I usually find clogging the storm drains or left to decompose in the street. In Atlanta, the Journal-Constitution has been charged with breaking the litter law. Read this online report from

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Rewards for Recycling

This should not be necessary for doing the right thing, recycling, but here is a great idea from Atlanta, as reported on

Beginning this week, the city of Atlanta is testing a recycling program that rewards people for recycling.

“We could sign up on a website to receive reward points for discounts on things that we buy,” said recycling program participant Sarah Hankamer.

This pilot program is called R.E.C.A.R.T.: REwards for Collecting All Recyclables Together.

Residents in selected Atlanta neighborhoods put all their recyclables in special blue bins. City recycling trucks scan the identification button on each bin and weigh the materials. Points are assigned to each participating address based on weight.
Residents log on or call toll free to collect their bonus points.

“They can just sort of shop online or call us toll free,” said Lisa Pomerantz of RecycleBank, “For anything from groceries, pharmacy, movie tickets, restaurants to massages and eco travel.”

Rewards recyclers can also redeem their discount coupons at shops and stores locally.

“More than 40 to 50 percent of the rewards are redemmed locally,”┬áPomerantz said. “So that means we’re stimulating local economy.”

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Earth Hour

Lots of great events are scheduled for the next few months. Here is something that Atlanta did last year that Nashville can do this year:

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