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Indicator 2:

Solid waste recycling

vs. Georgia

What does it measure?

This indicator measures pounds of solid waste recycled per person in the City of Savannah. As municipalities in the county introduce or expand recycling programs, the level of participation by the county’s residents will determine the amount of waste diverted from landfills and recycled.

Why is it important?

The level of recycling of solid waste in a community has an impact on its environment, health and economic development. Recycling reduces landfill waste and contributes to the conservation of natural resources. Chatham County and its municipalities have significantly increased the number of curbside recycle programs and drop-off recycling centers as part of environmentally friendly programs to promote recycling.

How are we doing?

The amount of solid waste recycled per person increased from 2009 to 2012.  In 2012, 99.4 pounds of waste per person was recycled, 21% higher than the previous year.  The amount of recycled material collected by the City of Savannah has dramatically increased since 2009 when curbside recycling started. Data do not include the volume of recycled material through private sector enterprises in the recycling industry.
Source: Chatham County, Garden City, Hunter Army Airfield and Savannah