The City of Lithonia will launch a new recycling center and farmers’ market on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 6920 Main Street from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to celebrate America Recycles Day. Joining thousands of organizers holding events across the country to celebrate, the launch of the center will be a first of its kind in Georgia. America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. “The launching of the recycling project is a very exciting development for the citizens of Lithonia. We welcome the opportunity to create a more environmentally-friendly community. The added component of the farmers’ market will provide more healthy food choices for the surrounding area,” says Mayor Jackson. “The City of Lithonia is working to establish itself as a community that promotes health, wellness and culture; and this is just the beginning!”.
The recycling center and farmers’ market provides an opportunity to assist in the city’s sustainability initiative and connect residents and visitors alike with local growers by bringing foot traffic into the district in a centralized location. Containers will be set-up for residents to sort and recycle paper, glass, cardboard, metals (aluminum and bi-metal cans), and plastics. Residents are also encouraged to join the Plege2Recycle campaign by dropping off household textiles such as gently used clothes, shoes, and toys. Onsite recycling services will be provided by event sponsors Integrated Waste Systems (IWS), American Textiles Recycling Services (ATRS), and Tri-Cities Funeral Home. “As a concerned parent, business owner, and civil servant, I felt that the recycling center is an opportunity to increase the civic engagement of the residents, and the diversion while keeping the City of Lithonia beautiful,” says Councilman Shameka Reynolds.
In addition to recycling, residents will be able to connect with local farmers and specialty vendors to shop the market for fresh fruits, vegetables, and crafts. Live music and some of the best food trucks from the Atlanta Street Food Coalition will also be on hand. Food trucks will include The Breakfast Jeanie, Twelve Sixty One, Toasted Cheese Truck, Burger Box, Buen Provecho LLC, Mini Cheesecakes Truck, Island Chef Mobile Café, The Mobile Marlay, and Healthful Essence. “IWS is proud to be a part of this initiative and we find this opportunity to partner with the City of Lithonia to be in line with our IWS company vision. We are excited to find new innovative partnerships with citizens, companies and municipalities to recover, repurpose, and reuse recyclable materials,” says Sam Miller of IWS. “Keep America Beautiful proudly supports the City of Lithonia’s America Recycles Day event and commend their efforts to promote recycling in Lithonia Recyclable items we use every day, like that cereal box and milk jug in the morning- are recoverable resources that can be manufactured into new and valuable products. Together, we can
reduce the billions of dollars’ worth of material thrown away each year and work to give that “garbage” another life through recycling.”
For a complete list of acceptable items to be recycled at the City of Lithonia’s event, visit www.facebook, follow them on Twitter @LithoniaRecycle or call (770) 482.8136.