Earth Day Celebration & Outdoor Expo was AMAZING!
We at KALB would like to thank everyone who attended or partipated in our Earth Day Celebration and Outdoor Expo.
It took hundreds of volunteer hours and nearly 100 volunteers on the day of the event.
A very special thank you to Crews, Inc., Custom Polymers, PET, and Legacy, Partners in Education for being EARTH WARRIOR sponsors of this event!
Thank you, also, to RockTenn and Progress Bank for their FRIEND OF THE EARTH sponsorships.
Thank you to all the excellent exhibitors, presentors, and student participants who took time to teach our community about environmental issues.
We hope you will all join us next year, and bring a friend!
FOG Will CLOG....Recycle your Fats, Oils, and Grease
Free FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) Collection Containers Available
FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) can cause a great deal of expense when poured down the drain.
We don't think much about what we pour down our drains, but we should! When grease cools, it becomes a sticky mess that collects everything else that might wash down your drains. Things like hair and food stick to it and you have a clogged drain.
Clogged sewer lines cost everyone because sewer bills must cover the cost of the thousands of dollars spent cleaning grease traps and sewer lines.
How can the FOG Collection Program help? KALB has teamed up with Athens Water Services to provide wide-mouth containers to any resident who will collect their fats, oils, and grease for recycling. We've made it so easy! Use the container to collect...
LOOK WHAT YOU DID!
Every ton of paper products recycled spares 17 trees from being cut down to make new paper products
Together we recycled 1,907 tons of paper allowing 32,419 trees to remain standing and continue the important environmental work trees are designed to do.
We give little thought to the truth that without our trees, this planet would not be able to support life! Here are some of the ways trees contribute their life-giving gifts:
- Trees take in carbon dioxide form our air, which they need to create food for their own growth.
- Trees give off oxygen during the photosynthesis process (making their food), which allows all life to breathe. Trees are literally the lungs of the Earth!
- Trees absorb pollutants...
WOW! Have You Been Recycling!
We at KALB applaud the residents of Athens and Limestone County!
It seems recycling is becoming the norm rather than the exception. If you ever spend time at the Recycling Center, it is amazing how steady the flow of recyclers is at the drop-off bins. These bins have to be continuously serviced to keep them from overflowing. That means staff work 7 days a week, including Christmas, to keep these bins ready to accept your recycling.
School recycling continues to be on the rise. Every single city and county school is getting into the recycling groove, including Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (all three campuses) and Athens Bible School. Tammy Haymon, Education Coordinator, has been working with the schools continuously to bring them recycling assemblies, classroom presentations, and several different recycling contests to encourage participation.
Here's How We Stack Up
- Over 2,200 TONS of materials were recycled during the 11-month period ending in August. We are on track to recycle over 2,400 TONS for the 12-month period.
- 203 TONS of plastic recycled
- 1200 TONS of cardboard recycled
- 116 TONS of aluminum recycled
- 122 TONS of glass recycled
- 503 TONS of newspaper and other paper recycled
- 54 TONS of Brass/Copper/Steel recycled
- 159 TONS of the above materials came from city and county schools!
There is still a great deal of recyclable materials going into the landfill....so we can always do better. However, we are making great progress and we're awfully proud! Aren't you?