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Mayor Otis Johnson has issued a challenge to Savannah citizens: he wants a 5 percent increase in recycling participation by Earth Day, held on April 22, 2011. That’s a 5 percent increase over the next 5 months – an effort he’s calling the “5 For 5 Challenge.”

“This is a small increase that I believe we can achieve as a community,” Mayor Johnson said. “We must keep striving to make Savannah an environmentally healthy place for all of our citizens.”

Recycling participation is easy with Savannah’s state-of-the-art single-stream curbside rrecycling system, launched in January 2009. The system allows residents to toss aluminum, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard into one 96-gallon container without having to worry about sorting.

The “5 For 5 Challenge” was announced amid a mountain of recyclables at the materials recovery facility run by the City’s recycling partner, Pratt Industries. The Mayor was joined by representatives and students from Savannah State and Armstrong Atlantic State universities, both of whom pledged to increase recycling involvement to help the City reach our 5 percent increase goal.

At the facility, Pratt workers and machines sort the thousands of cans, bottles and paper products dropped off there every day. Pratt pays the City $15 for every ton it delivers, then ships the recyclables to be processed into new products. For the City, that extra revenue reduces the burden on Savannah taxpayers, extends the life of our landfill, and reduces carbon emissions.

Shawn State, Director of Sales and Marketing for Pratt, said recycling at the facility has saved more than 150,000 trees since its opening two years ago. The plant has processed more than 20,000 tons of recyclables since 2009.

“This is a great partnership that has great benefits for both sides,” State said.

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In other recycling news, Garden City was recently recognized at the 2010 Natural Leaders Awards event in Atlanta, where the winners of the Conserve Georgia and Partnership for Sustainable Georgia Awards were announced by Governor Sonny Perdue. Garden City received a Certificate of Recognition of Achievement in Recycling for the municipality's single stream recycling program, which officially launched in September 2009.

The Conserve Georgia program, initiated by Gov. Perdue, was developed to foster a culture of conservation throughout the state of Georgia. Nine state agencies and authorities are working together with businesses, civic leaders, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and residents to make Georgia's air, land, water, energy and wildlife resources more sustainable now and for generations to come.

"Georgia is blessed with abundant natural resources," said Gov. Perdue. "It's important to the vitality of our state that we protect these resources for the future, These businesses and organizations are leading the way in creating a culture of conservation, and it is my pleasure to recognize them for their accomplishments."

Free and open to any business, the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia was established by the Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to foster environmental leadership and recognize superior environmental performance. The Partnership offers a variety of incentives, including cost savings through increased efficiencies, potential regulatory flexibility, free technical assistance and training, and access to networking and mentoring among peers, state and local officials.

"The certificate Garden City received recognizes our recycling initiative statewide," said Anne Robinson, Garden City's Utility Services Manager. "This award is a testament to the commitment that both the City and residents have made to the curbside recycling program."

For more information about Conserve Georgia or the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia please visit or www.gasustainability.org.

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The American Advertising Federation of Savannah proudly announces the schedule of events for the 2011 ADDY Awards, working around the theme SAVANNAH’S BEST Served Up.

It all begins with a Kick-off event Friday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Wing Café Upstairs in City Market. Learn what’s new this year in the ADDY competition and get a head start on gathering creative work to submit. Entries will be made online at www.aafsavannah.org. The juried competition will be held in early 2011.

ADDY entry drop-off will be Friday, Feb. 2, 2011 from 9 am – 5:30 p.m. at the United Way of the Coastal Empire, 428 Bull Street in Savannah.
The ADDY Awards gala will be Satruday, March 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm at The River Club, 3 MLK Jr. Blvd in Savannah.

For information, visit www.aafsavannah.org or contact Gail Eubanks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 912-443-3022.

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