Although the recycling program has been around for many years in Thomson, still only about half of the residents receiving the city service participate, according to Mayor Robert E. Knox, Jr.
"Recycling saves valuable landfill space and it's something we need to get in the habit of doing," Mayor Knox said during last Thursday night's monthly city council meeting.
The mayor said it was his understanding that only about half of the city's residents are participating in the recycling program.
"We need to work on getting more people involved in our recycling program," Mayor Knox added.
Councilman Jaye Jones agreed that it would be nice to see more residents involved in recycling efforts.
Just last month, the City of Thomson was awarded a recycling and waste grant from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority in the amount of $40,000, according to Thomson City Administrator Don Powers. The grant will be used for funding new equipment and infrastructure at the city's recycling facility, located off the Augusta Highway.
The grant also includes an educational component, which will be used to increase the recycling volume, Mr. Powers said.
Today, the City of Thomson is recognizing "America Recycles Day" with a number of special activities planned at the Thomson Recycle Center.
The theme of today's special recycling program is titled, "Thomson Rolls Out the Green Carpet."
Some of the planned events there include:
- Open house tour;
- Displays on how to properly recycle certain materials;
- Displays of products made from recycled goods and:
- Informational brochures about recycling.
A special treat will be offered to residents who bring recycled items to the facility today, Mr. Powers said.
"Those residents will be treated to hamburgers, hot dogs and a soft drink," he added.