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FMSA Helps Community Recycle

FMSA Helps Community Recycle

First Montessori School of Atlanta successfully partnered with Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful and the City of Sandy Springs on an Electronics Recycling Event. Local residents dropped off computers, radios, monitors and other electronic equipment.

FMSA students who participated in the recycling effort included Erin Lemmon, daughter of Tim and Lori Lemmon of Roswell; Emma Bulthuis, daughter of John and Christine Bulthuis of Marietta; and Nic Stacholy, son of Jan and Lisa Stacholy of Dunwoody.

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Practicing What They Preach: Turner Construction Atlanta Achieves LEED Gold Certification for Their

Company’s commitment to green construction
practices starts with their own offices

Turner Construction Atlanta, a leader in environmentally friendly building practices, recently received a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council for renovation of their own Atlanta offices. Turner is Atlanta’s largest LEED builder and incorporates sustainable elements into every project.

For Winston Williams, the company’s Green Champion, the space is a demonstration of Turner’s real commitment to sustainability. “Green building practices are an important movement in construction today,” he says. “We embrace those values not only for our clients, but for ourselves as well.”

Green features of the space include:

Recycling center now offers shredding year-round

Recycling center now offers shredding year-round

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Roswell Recycling Center has begun offering shredding services to Roswell residents.

The center will accept two boxes or 200 pounds of paper per resident per day. All documents should be removed from notebooks and binders, and should not be clipped or stapled together.

Shredding will be done between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sensitive papers will be kept in a locked container until then.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/roswellrecyclingcenter. The recycling center is located at 11570 Maxwell Road and is open seven days a week.

Recycle and shred in Roswell

Recycle and shred in Roswell

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell residents who have unwanted items scattered through their basements, attics and garages have two upcoming chances to get rid of them.

The city, in conjunction with Keep Roswell Beautiful and the city of Milton, will host its popular Bulky Trash Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Nov. 5.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents are invited to visit the Roswell Public Works Divison and dispose of such large items as tires, sofas, refrigerators, washers and dryers, deactivated cell phones and electronics. Proof of residency, preferably in the form of a utility bill, will be required.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early, as past turnouts for the amnesty day have been large.

For more information, contact Janet Liberman at 770-641-3715 or jliberman@roswellgov.com.

Recycling center now accepting fluorescent light bulbs

Recycling center now accepting fluorescent light bulbs

ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Roswell Recycling Center is now accepting certain types of fluorescent light bulbs.

Roswell residents can drop off up to five tube bulbs (like the ones found in overhead lights) or U-shaped bulbs per visit. They must prove their residency with a utility bill or the Roswell car window sticker.

The recycling center plans to crush the bulbs with a machine that safely captures the mercury inside them.

"Like" the Roswell Recycling Center on Facebook to learn more: www.facebook.com/roswellrecycling center.  The recycling center is open seven days a week and is located at 11570 Maxwell Road.