AGR facilitates public meetings, leads work sessions, conducts interviews and develops online tools to gather input from decision markers, the public, and other stakeholders about recycling and solid waste management. AGR also conducts training on topics related to sustainable materials management.
AGR coordinated an environmental summit for public and private sector leaders in this rapidly growing county. We presented the state of recycling nationwide, including a technology update and the potential for job creation. Then, we led a discussion to gauge participants’ interest in and commitment to delivering materials to an expanded county recycling facility. AGR developed an agenda and materials, facilitated the summit, and drafted outcomes and next steps which the county is now implementing.
Georgia law requires that every landfill have a certified landfill operator on-site at all times. AGR developed and teaches modules of the certification program regarding planning, policies, financing, and waste reduction and recycling. Working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the state chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, we ensure that the thousands of solid waste professionals in the state that have taken this course understand all aspects of an integrated solid waste and materials management system.
AGR led public meetings across this diverse metro Atlanta county to determine the preferred approach to mandatory, county-wide collection for recyclables and solid waste for 36,000 households. The goal was to reduce illegal dumping, standardize collection procedures and to ensure that all residents receive the same level of collection services at the same rates.