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Position Paper 2004:
GCG Supports Responsible Litter Control and Waste Reduction

Revised 2016

There has been a per capita increase in solid waste disposal in Georgia since 1995. Millions of tons of materials are going into Georgia landfills each year and the state has failed to meet the 25% waste reduction goal set by the 1990 Solid Waste Management Act. Tipping fees in Georgia are cheaper than in neighboring states, resulting in materials, like toxic coal ash, being shipped to Georgia for disposal.

Furthermore, litter strewn along its landscape has negative effects on the environment, as well as on the health of Georgia’s wildlife and citizens.

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. supports initiatives that will improve the appearance of Georgia's roadways and waterways by preventing the accumulation of trash by:

  • Enforcing litter violations and preserving the right of local governments, school districts and more, to regulate products, such as plastic bags or Styrofoam, that become common litter problems.
  • Encouraging the manufacture of safe, reusable, and recyclable products.
  • Establishing guidelines to promote reduction of waste at the source by favoring minimum or reusable packaging, fewer disposables, and less toxic, more durable products.
  • Ensuring toxic materials are not being disposed of in a way that will contaminate ground or surface water. Providing stricter fines for waste and illegal dumping.

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