When policy changes are needed to attain goals, AGR drafts language for elected officials to consider. We work with decision makers to draft ordinances, resolutions, and other policies that set reduction and recycling goals; require recycling by generators or solid waste haulers; permit, franchise or contract for collection and other services; designate where solid waste will be disposed; and establish rates and fees.
AGR provided decision makers with several options to transition to a collection system that better serves their rapidly growing population. Once an approach was selected, we revised the county's Code of Ordinances to reflect new policies for property owners and haulers. These revisions require all residents to have collection, allow for county contracts for residential collection, establish a permit system for haulers from commercial properties and identify a new way to collect fees to pay for service.
AGR drafted a new article in the County Code, passed by the County Commission, to establish a Central Business District Solid Waste Collection and Disposal District. The goal of the Solid Waste Collection District is to standardize collection in this high density business area and to eliminate overflowing and misplaced waste containers.
AGR drafted policies and procedures for local governments to follow to determine whether a proposed solid waste handling facility is consistent with its solid waste management plan. The Georgia Environmental Protection Agency considers this determination when it receives a permit application for a new facility. This process defined by AGR has been incorporated into dozens of local government solid waste management plans throughout Georgia.