What’s Appropriate for that Big Blue Recycling Bin?

recyclingworldPassing along the following from John Wolfinger regarding what’s appropriate – and what’s not – to place in your blue recycling bin:

The City of Atlanta is having problems with our recycling program, in that far too many city residents are placing items in the large blue recycling bins that are not intended to be there. The single stream recycler the city uses is spending way too much time separating all the garbage and trash from the recyclables. Evidently the biggest problem comes from the plastic shopping bags which tend to fly around and get caught in the conveyor lines. These bags can be taken to Publix stores for recycling.

If you are in doubt as to where to take certain items for recycling, check with www.earth911.com. This is a great website with all sorts of useful recycling information.

Also, the Keep Atlanta Beautiful recycling sessions in Buckhead and the Old 4th Ward continue to grow as more and more folks are bringing items to these convenient locations once every month. Go to www.keepatlantabeautiful.org for details. Even though it was a miserable rainy day this past Saturday, we had a great turnout on Irwin Street in the 4th Ward. Now is a great time to start accumulating items to bring in January – styrofoam from gifts packaging, old electronics being discarded in favor of new models, batteries, and old paperwork from income tax filings, left-over paint you will never use again, etc.

The more items that can be kept out of our green trash cans – the less money that the city has to spend on transportation to ship this trash to distant landfills. It is a matter of dollars and cents.

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The City of Atlanta and Mayor Reed are on a continued mission for Atlanta to become a top-tier recycling city and divert 90 percent of municipal solid waste by 2020.

In a statement to metro communities, the Department of Public Works said they want to, “ensure that all residents are a part of the effort to recycle more and protect our recycling stream from contamination.”

Here are the City of Atlanta’s “big three recycling reminders:”

- DO NOT put FOOD, YARD TRIMMINGS, CLOTHING/SHOES, GARBAGE, PLASTIC BAGS or STYROFOAM in the recycling carts (NO PIZZA BOXES)

- Keep the cart clean & dry! Rinse out all food containers

- Keep your cart lid closed AT ALL TIMES!

Also, please note that beginning this week, residents who have contaminated their recycling will receive a red “violation” sticker issued by Solid Waste Operators on their recycling cart, and a Contamination Notice door knocker will be issued by Solid Waste Supervisors. To ensure residents are aware of what is accepted and what is not, graphics are included on the back of the door knocker. By taking note of what actually can and cannot be recycled, we can help keep the recycling stream clean of contamination and working efficiently.

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day (and for the Earth, too)!

On Saturday March 16th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Morningside Presbyterian Preschool (MPP) will be partnering with Atlanta Paint Disposal (http://www.atlantapaintdisposal.com/) to collect and recycle or dispose of household items in an environmentally friendly manner. The collection site will be the parking lot of the preschool located at 1411 N. Morningside Drive. A small fee will be charged to dispose of most items and 15% of event proceeds will go to MPP to help fund preschool environmental projects. Please see fee schedule below.

This is a great way to clean out your home, care for our Earth, and support a worthy cause. Hope to see you there!

Latex Paint

Five gallon bucket: $15.00; two gallon bucket: $6.00; one gallon can: $3.00; one quart can: $1.50; one pint can: $1.00

Oil Paint

Five gallon bucket: $20.00; one gallon can: $4.00; one quart can: $2.00; one pint can: $1.00; spray can: $1.50

Other Items

Auto batteries: $10.00; propane tank: $10.00; tiki oil: $5.00/gallon; Monitors/TVs (under 25″): $20.00; large screen TVs: $125.00; shredding: $5.00/banker’s box; hard drive shredding: $20.00/HD; passenger tires: $20.00/each (tires can be mounted or unmounted but can have no water in them)

Free Items

Clothing, shoes, computers, cell phones, crayons, laptops, cameras, printers, tape players, VCR, DVD, other electronics (except TVs and monitors) and microwaves.

 

No Room for Second Blue Bin?

The City of Atlanta recently distributed sturdy new recycling bins to VaHi residents, many of whom already had one of the large blue containers. If you received a new bin and don’t need it or don’t have room for it, VHCA Streets/Sidewalks Committee Chair Peggy Berg says to call the city’s public works customer service folks at 404-330-6333. At your request, the city will come out and find a new home for the bin with a resident who needs it.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Saturday, 1/7/2012, is Bring One for the Chipper day at the Home Depot stores on PDL Avenue in Midtown and Piedmont Road in Buckhead from 9 til 4 – there will be Boy Scouts from Troop 298 on duty at this time to help you unload your tree. You can take your tree to these two locations any time though up through January 21st. Please – strip the tree of lights, ornaments, tree stands and the plastic removal bag!! Pine wreaths on metal frames and pine garland on polyester rope are not recyclable. Thanx to Home Depot for providing the space and to Davey Tree for the chipping equipment.

Keep Atlanta Beautiful / Electronics Recycling

The very popular electronics recycling program has now been permanently moved to the former Walden Middle School parking lot at 320 Irwin Street, N.E. in the Old 4th Ward and is now held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 til 3. More details at www.keepatlantabeautiful.org. While you are at that website, click on “membership” and please consider joining this group. The reasonable membership dues help to finance the purchase of supplies for clean-ups and graffiti control. We use these supplies on a regular basis for VaHi graffiti erasure and paint-overs and we used trash bags from this organization when we cleaned up Maiden Lane earlier this year. This is fast becoming a vital group in helping to keep this city cleaner and neater. Your membership will really help this group grow in its service to our city.

Electronics Recycling

The very popular monthly electronics recycling co-sponsored by Keep Atlanta Beautiful is making some growing changes. The details at www.keepatlantabeautiful.org The new location in the 4th Ward at the former Walden Middle School on Irwin Street, N.E. is much easier to navigate and has a great skyline view while you wait to unload your recyclables. The next date is now Saturday 9/10. The August event at Grady High School netted 8.5 tons of electronics turned in for recycling!! Yes – this service is needed in our intown communities.

Voice – Spring 2004

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President’s Address, by Kevin Cronin
- City council honors Aaron Gross for his leadership
- City council passed sewage and water bill
- Sidewalk reimbursement program
- Grand opening of Cunard Memorial Playground March 28, 2004

Parking and transportation are major issues for the business community, by Tinka Green, VHBA president
- permit parking may be introduced in Atkins Park

- What’s happening at Inman Middle School (renovation), by Liz Coyle
- Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes planned
- Remember to recycle, by Nan Hunter

Why cities don’t matter and why Virginia-Highland does, by Chip Gallagher
- Cities are losing out to suburbs in political power
- VaHi and intown neighborhoods will weather the fiscal storm due to social organization

- Atkins Park Garden Club celebrated 75th anniversary, by Tinka Green
- The Southeastern Flower Show provides great landscaping ideas, by John Wolfinger
- Anatomy of a property tax assessment challenge
- Cunard Memorial Playground park cleanup and grand opening
- How can I remove graffiti?

Voice – Winter 1995

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- VHCA Goals
- President’s Corner: Entertainment complex at site of Colgate Mattress warehouse remanded to BZA
- Profiles on 1995-96 board members
- Biking to the Olympics, by Dennis Hoffarth
- Tree News, by Stephanie Coffin, Parks co-chair
- Survey form: change in the Voice?
- Recycling pays off, by Nan Hunter
- Col. Mustard reviews Chow (1026 1/2 N. Highland) and Dark Horse Tavern
- Green with energy (how to decrease exposure to indoor pollutants), by Sarah Tomaka
- John Howell Park project: Felix deWeldon (who designed Washington, D.C.’s Iwo Jima Memorial) has donated design for sculpture “HOPE (International AIDS Monument)”

Voice – Summer 1994

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- Summerfest time again
- VaHi Security Patrol (neighborhood-wide) set to start July 1, only $150 per year, by Beth Marks
- Mayor Bill Campbell addresses growing VaHi Business Assn., by Susan Guerroro, VHBA president
- The times, they are a-changin’ (Superior Foods closes its doors), by Swan McKnight
- Green facelift planned for N. Highland, by Stephanie Coffin and Kathy Couch
- Summerfest volunteers confess they did it for fun, by Bryan Hendrix
- The Highland Herbalist: Basil
- Bike stuff, by the Bike Guy
- Col. Mustard reviews Savage Pizza
- John Howell Park update (photo: Commissioner Boxill congratulates VaHi), by Tinka Green
- Recycle today, by Nan Hunter

Voice – Spring 1994

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- Board action (Summerfest will be a fundraising even in June similar to last year’s), by Mary Jo Peed
- Highland Hardware, since 1978, by Deborah Cox
- Intown Bicycles moves
- VaHi Business Association, by Beth Marks
- FBAC update
- Recycle today, by Nan Hunter (Murphy’s goes totally non-smoking!)
- Bike trail news, by Mike Goodman
- Col. Mustard reviews Capo’s Café
- The Highland Herbalist: growing rosemary
-40 out of 4,000 (VaHi residents that belong to the VHCA), by Amy Waterman
-John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
-First Union Grand Prix comes to VaHi, by Jett Marks
- Freedom Park master plan nears completion, by Jett Marks
- Crime statistics

Voice – Winter 1993

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- the fate of Summerfest will be decided at the December VHCA meeting: Should we enlarge it, make it smaller? Should we move it from John Howell Park?
- Meet your new board (bios of all board members)
- Having a bad hair day? (Review of VaHi hari salons), by Deborah Cox
- Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
- “B.A.T.”, bicycle quiz by Mike Goodman
- John Howell Park Project (update) by Jerry Bright
- School news
- Shop for a good cause, Window to the World, Mennonite church shop opens

Voice – Fall 1993

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- Summerfest contest was a piece of art
- My home, my castle and my office (profile of residents who work at home), by Deborah Cox
- Crime down sharply in FBAC area
- More B.S. (that’s bike stuff), by Michael Goodman
- Col. Mustard reviews Red Light Café at Amsterdam Walk
- Full text of updated VHCA bylaws
- Olympic trees, going for the green. Profile of Stephanie Coffin and her tree planting. By Kathy Couch
- Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
- John Howell Park fundraising update, by Jerry Bright
- Kidsfest successful 3rd straight year
- By-laws committee completes its work

Voice – Summer 1993

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- Volunteers needed for Summerfest success
- Tim Shirley’s neighborhood outreach
- 911…operator this is an emergency (how to use 911), by Joyce Gross
- Keep your lights on (for safety), by Swan McKnight
- Buy a brick for John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
- A guide to buying art in VaHi (review of VaHi’s galleries), by Tinka Green
- Mike’s rules on buying a bicycle, by Michael Goodman
- Col. Mustard reviews Fleeman’s Drugstore
- Help make our neighborhood beautiful
- Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
- Crime statistics
- Kidsfest ’92 (photo essay)
- A neighborhood-wide off-duty police patrol (will not happen for now), by Yvette Weatherly

Voice – Winter 1992

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- VHCA amends its bylaws
- Parking survey opinion
- Planning Summerfest ’93
- Get “street smart” about safe bicycling
- Officially speaking: Handgun control, by Mayor Maynard Jackson
- Recycle today: save your “waste”, by Nan Hunter
- Home sweet Virginia-Highland home: portrait of longtime residents, by Jeni Evans
- John Howell Park renovation plans still under review, by Jerry Bright
- Col. Mustard reviews Neighbors Pub
- You can HELP! (fight crime), by Joyce Gross
- Neighborhood profile: Inman Middle School, by Betty Wells and Joan Walters
- Neighbors join to protect our streets: how to get off-duty police patrol coverage for your block, by Yvette Weatherly
- Crime statistics
- Personal safety tips from Pro-Tech Security Systems
- Learn about composting
- Traffic islands get make-over by Kathy Couch
- Parking survey

Voice – Fall 1992


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- Annual meeting brings BIG crowd
- The PATHway for bicycling
- Ponce Task Force has new plan
- School report by Joe Martin, Atlanta School Board
- Recycle today, you can make the difference, by Nan Hunter
- Summerfest ’92 a success! by Beth Marks
- What are we doing to our parks? by David Robertson
- Col. Mustard reviews Everybody’s Restaurant
- Ponce property under discussion (disposal of 6 lots facing Ponce between Barnett and Bonaventure), by Jerry Bright
- Profile of Morningside school, by Mary Joe Peed
- Parks committee needs flower power, by Kathy Couch
- VHCA gets new phone service, by Nyna Gentry
- Murphy’s restaurant update
- Crime statistics

Voice – Summer 1992

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- Letter to the editor from Douglas W. Jones, president of the Ponce de Leon Corridor Association, urging action to oppose Grady Hospital from expanding onto Ponce
- Rep rap, by Rep. Jim Martin
- Reduce, reuse and recycle: participating streets, by Nan Hunter
- New parking committee comes to life, by Elmo Colburn
- Col. Mustard review of Mid City Fish
- Update on Murphy’s move, by Jeni Evans
- Ponce Task Force focuses on reducing risk to investors, by Jett Marks, VaHi rep to PTF
- Piedmont Park Conservancy by city councilmember Mary Davis
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
- Plan to save your life in case of fire, by Ken Lavine
- School update
- Crime graphs and statistics
- Composting comes home, by Nan Hunter
- Summerfest ’92
- Danny’s Run 5K and fun run

Voice – Spring 1992


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- Atkins Park traces its past, by Tinka Green
- Murphy’s Law #92: more parking. Finding parking for Murphy’s new location at Virginia and Todd. By Jeni Evans
- Rep rap: Easy access to guns is killing us, by David Scott, State Senator
- Heart Strings: volunteers needed for Atlanta’s largest AIDS fundraiser
- A tale of two neighbors and a wild boar, Wild Boar beer at George’s, by Yvette Weatherly
- Making music in VaHi, a profile of Michael Moore (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and Paula Peace-Moore by Alison Nelson
- The zoning and variance review process, by Ed Neal and Nyna Gentry
- Finally, Virginia-Highlanders can build snowmen (photos)
- Ponce Task Force update
- Many residents perturbed over parking, by Vicky Favorite
- Schools update
- Recycling: we need more VaHi curbside recyclers in ’92, by Nan Hunter

Voice – Winter 1991

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- Christmas caroling in John Howell Park, by Jim Little
- VaHi shops are just right for the holidays, by Vicky Favorite
- Rep Rap by councilmember Mary Davis: proposed sewage facility at Piedmont Park
- Paideia fine arts and crafts show
- Recycle…because we have to: (Recycling is for Republicans too), by Nan Hunter
- Update on planning process for John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
- Living AIDS Memorial Park project update, by Jim Little
- Better bicycling
- The newsletter needs you, by Beth Marks
- School news
- Holiday safety tips, by Ken Lavine, including this piece of advice: “If you drive a lot, or at night, install a car phone.”

Voice – Summer 1991

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- A VaHi Summerfest you won’t want to miss, by Nan Hunter
- Block watch, a success story, by Joyce Gross
- Letter to the editor from Anne Taylor Hendry in defense of services for the homeless on Ponce
- Ponce Task Force survey results
- Grady students speak out – poems and essays by Grady 9th and 10th graders
- Rep Rap by Fulton County commissioner Nancy Boxill: demolishing the Highland library, settling the Presidential Parkway, property reappraisal
- John Howell Park plans approved
- Who says it’s a piece of junk? Many of our contemporary icons are threatened. By Steve Jagger
- Neighbor profile: The VOICE staff. Jett and Beth Marks, Kala Marks, Kathy Couch, Nan Hunter, Sarah Tomaka, Jeni and Rob Evans, Mickey Lawson, Terry Tuley
- Helpful hints for the Highland homeowner: fire safety, by Virginia Temple
- First annual VHCA/Summerfest “Sweat” 5K Run and Family Run – 1 mile
- Recycling: why not add your stuff to the curbside pick-up brigade?, by Nan Hunter
- Liquor store at Ponce and Barnett closes
- Host a student from France! By Carol Sleeth

Voice – Spring 1991

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In part one:
- A VaHi pioneer (Richard C. Todd) and his legacy to this neighborhood, by Jeni Evans
- Franklin Garrett speaks at March meeting. He will be presenting a history of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.
- Being a security-conscious neighbor, by Ken Lavine, VHCA public safety co-chair
- Grady students speak out: Essays by Grady 9th and 10th graders on homelessness, war and other current issues
- The VOICE – ten years ago, by Beth Marks
- Variances and how to get one, by Steve Jagger
- Inman Middle School, by Ellen England and Janice Giddens
- New playhouse at library
- Good neighbor policy, by Kathy Couch
- St. Patrick’s Day 5K race, by Doug Sligh
- About the Ponce de Leon Task Force survey

In part two:
- Ponce de Leon Task Force survey form
- Inman wants more tutors
- CINS awards mini-grants to area teachers, by Laurie Del Martin
- Grady High School news, by Laurie Del Martin
- Help support CINS when you get your emmision test
- Top sellers at Morningside Elementary gift wrap sale
- And the pick-up goes on…recycling in 1991! By Nan Hunter
- Help for the Highland homeowner, by Virginia Temple
- Be on the lookout for the “ACORN” man!

Voice – Winter 1990

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- Neighbor profile: Foot patrolman Officer Chris Clark, by Beth Marks
- Ponce de Leon task force to speak at December meeting
- Historic preservation presentation update, by Burn Sears
- Front porch living, by Yvette Weatherly
- Holiday entertaining like a pro, by Shelley Pedersen, director of catering at Murphy’s
- Historic designation – what is means to you
- John Howell Park update (by Jerry Bright) and events (by the L.A.M.P. project)
- Historic designation survey form
- Outline of City zoning preservation ordinance
- Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools (CINS), by Barbara Van Dyke
- Grady students to author VOICE articles
- Morningside Elementary volunteers
- Inman needs tutors too
- Recycling, it’s habit forming, by Nan Hunter
- The road that was almost built (Georgia 400/I-485), by Warren Pritchard with Charles Longley
- Building permits, by Steve Jagger
- Ponce de Leon Task Force gains momentum in reaching for a consensus
- Interview with Chief Eldrin Bell, by V. Evans
- Personal safety (reprinted from ProTech Security Systems newsletter)

Voice – Summer 1990

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- Meet with the Police about forming a PAC (Partnership against Crime)
- Neighbor profile: Joyce Gross, VHCAA head of public safety
- The VOICE says fight crime
- VOICE mission statement
- Summerfest 1990
- Preservation update, by Nina Gentry
- Council of Intown Neighbors and Schools (CINS), by Barbara Van Dyke
- Ponce de Leon taskforce, by Susan Carroll
- VaHi’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
- The Voice wants to announce the results of your efforts to thwart crime (streets with neighborhood watches)
-Things are picking up: the sequel (recycling), by Nan Hunter
- VaHi color: Mark Draper and Mother’s Tire Company, by Warren Pritchard
- The YWCA comes to VaHi
- What VaHi merchants are doing to deter crime

Voice – Spring 1990

- Preservationists Karin Huebner (Urban Design Atlanta) and Ann Farrisee (Atlanta Preservation Center) to speak March 7th
- Profile of Nyna Gentry, chairman VHCA Preservation Committee and St. Charles Greenwood rep
- The VOICE says “Preservation”
- VaHi: Atlanta’s bungalow neighborhood, by Tim Crimmins
- More of everything at the new VaHi library, by Kathy Couch
- Support your neighborhood schools – CINS, by Barbara Van Dyke
- John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright: sidewalk replacement
- VaHi’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
- Things are picking up (recycling), by Nan Hunter
- Volleyball, heads up!
- A letter from Rep. Jim Martin (on privacy, abortion, state budget)
- No parking? By Burn Sears
- Crime stats for VaHi (beat 610)

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Voice – Winter 1989

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- Adair Ave. residents led by Nan Hunter help raise awareness of recycling
- Voice starts publishing again after two year hiatus
- Council of Intown neighborhoods and schools (CINS), by Barbara Van Dyke
- First annual VaHi Christmas 5K run
- Update on John Howell Park: parkland dedicated, within City parks system, plan being developed
- Preserving VaHi’s character; possible historic district designation
- Wanted: nosy neighbors: neighborhood watch, SCGNA enters into PAC with police Zone
- Report from Highland View neighborhood watch