Photo courtesy of Chris
Photo courtesy of Chris
Altmod writes in…
Migration is in full swing! Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks are here! I’d love to see what others are seeing in their yards via Eye on the Feeder! 🙂
I’ve already got at least one other photo already ready to go, but send in your bird picks and we will post!
Deb sends along all the necessary info for the 3rd Annual Avondale Tree Walk…
WHAT: 3rd Annual Avondale Tree Walk
WHO: Presented by the Avondale Estates Garden Club
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 23, rain or shine
WHERE: Lake Avondale near the gazebo, Lakeshore Dr.
COST: Free and open to the public
The Avondale Estates Garden Club presents the 3rd Annual Avondale Tree Walk, a conservation project, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 23. The event is free, and all members of the public, including children and families, are invited. The walk takes place rain or shine.
The registration area is in front of the gazebo, which is just steps away from our “Tree Huggers in Training” talks for children. Other tree talks for adults are also close by. The tree walk will begin after the talks. Arborists and landscape architects will lead six different routes in Avondale Estates. One of those is a walk around Lake Avondale for those who prefer or require a short walk.
Children who participate will get a picture book from Arborguard Tree Specialists. If Avondale Elementary and the Museum School have at least five students from their school attend the walk, they will earn a book about trees by distinguished authors Gail Gibbons and Patricia Lauber for their school library.
All who go on a tree walk will receive a booklet,“75 Native Trees of Georgia,” from the Georgia Forestry Commission.
There will also be an opportunity to consult a panel of experts at the “Ask the Arborist Table” about any concerns homeowners have with trees in their landscapes
The guides at this year’s tree walk will emphasize six major roles that trees play in our environment:
- Trees make oxygen
- Trees save you money (lowering your heating costs)
- Trees keep your drinking water clean
- Trees make useful things for you
- Trees keep streets safe
- Trees Make City Life fun
Special thanks to City of Avondale Estates, the Avondale Estates Tree Board, the Avon Garden Club
and Arborguard Tree Specialists for their contributions to the 2016 Avondale Tree Walk.
Yesterday, the city’s Resource Conservation Coordinator Lena Stevens asked for resident feedback on future glass recycling options on The Decatur Minute. (Need to get caught up on this issue? We’ve summarized it a couple of weeks back HERE.)
First, here’s the current situation, as summarized by Ms. Stevens…
Current Recycling Program
Cost: Annual Sanitation Fee $250
The Annual Solid Waste Fee covers the cost of offering co-mingled curbside residential recycling service in addition to household trash and waste, yard debris and other sanitation services.
Glass is mixed in with other recyclables and collected at the curb. This will no longer be an option after June 30, 2016
And here are our future options…
Option 1- Continue to Offer Residents the Convenience of Recycling Glass at Home by Separating Glass from Other Materials
Cost: Annual Increase of $25-$35
- Resident separates glass from other recyclables and places it on the curb in its own container during normal collection day.
Option 2- Glass is Not Recycled and Goes to Landfill
Cost: Annual Increase of $10-15
Resident places glass in pay-as-you-throw garbage bags and the City of Decatur takes it to the landfill.
Currently glass makes up about 20% of most residents’ recycling.
Cost estimate includes $5 increase in Annual Solid Waste Fee and cost to the resident for purchase of additional pay-as-you-throw bags.
The city would like you to provide your feedback on which option you prefer over on Open City Hall. Go and let your opinion be heard!
We foretold this.
Well, maybe not so much “foretold” as casually brought it up randomly at one point last year.
In a post last August about our love/hate relationship with our big blue recycling bins, I noted, if I may quote myself…
…glass is already a questionable recyclable commodity. It has little value to recyclers and a lot of it gets broken in transit. Mixed with other recyclables, broken glass leads to contamination of other items and makes them um, un-recyclable.
Then, right on cue, at the beginning of year some metro Atlanta communities stopped accepting glass recycling.
Decatur Asst. City Manager David Junger told the AJC around that time that the city would continue to accept glass in our one-stop-shop bins, but the writing seemed to be on the wall. At the time, Mr. Junger noted the city was looking at every possibility for the most unwanted member of the recycling family. We summarized the options thusly…
Now the chickens are coming home to roost. (Man…a lot of metaphors in this post.)
Decaturish reports that “Pratt Industries of Conyers, Ga. has informed the city that effective June 1 it will no longer accept recycling materials that contain glass.” The city has a few months to decide what to do.
So what should we do?
According to Mr. Junger, every option will cost more – including taking it to the landfill. Are you up for separating glass and recycling it at the curb? Do you want to make separate trips to recycling locations around the city to dispose of your empties? Do you just want to chuck it all in your Decatur-bespeckled trash bags?
The city wants your feedback.
On the agenda for tonight’s city commission meeting – upgrading 1,379 streetlights inside the city limits from “high-pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor (MV)” lights to LED.
In a memo, Asst. City Manager David Junger states that the initiative is part of “a statewide Georgia Power initiative to work with local governments to upgrade roadway lights to LED lights”. Georgia Power will foot the bill, so it’s no cost to the city.
Why do this? Mr. Junger cites Georgia Power literature that states…
Georgia Power indicates that LED lights offer more safety because they produce a broader spectrum of light, which provides better illumination of street signs, bicyclists and pedestrians. LED light spreads more evenly, reducing fixtures are also more efficient, not only producing more light for less money, but also lasting much longer than traditional HPS fixtures.
Many Decatur residents have been wondering whether Decatur will still be recycling glass in the future, after a recent AJC report noted many recyclers servicing metro Atlanta municipalities are shipping glass to landfills instead of recycling it.
Why? Because it’s gotten expensive to sort out and recycle glass.
Well, it looks like the AJC followed up with Asst. City Manager David Junger who said that the city’s current contract with Latham Home Sanitation includes the recycling of glass. That contract runs through June.
After that, Decatur’s commissioners are likely gonna have to make some tough decisions. If glass recycling remains financially unsustainable, here’s the list of options that Mr. Junger provided…
As we have written about before, the recycling game is much more complex than our giant blue bins suggest. And the big bin itself has been linked to part of the problem, as the size and convenience of the big bin leads to lazier recycling on our part. Combine that with the complexity of separating the wide variety of items at recycling centers and you’ve got yourself a system that feels easy, but isn’t when it comes to the dollars and cents that drive the industry.