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3 RECYCLING INCENTIVES IN ATLANTA Recycling Perks is here to reward Atlanta Single-Family Residential Customers for their curbside recycling efforts!

4 GETTING OUT Check out the events calendar so you can get out and enjoy Atlanta in November and December.



Learn how easy it is to sign up and enjoy all of the Perks in the City of Atlanta. All the do’s and don’ts of recycling in the City of Atlanta are all right here!


Are you an amazing business looking to join Recycling Perks? Are you looking for a list of all the other businesses onboard? We’ve got it all right here!

10 LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC was one of the first businesses to join Recycling Perks in incentivizing recycling for Atlanta residents!

12 THE TRUTH ABOUT E-WASTE Learn about the effects electronics have on the environment!


Recycle Atlanta, Georgia is produced by Recycling Perks. It is our goal to build awareness of recycling, encourage people to participate in recycling every day and every week by rewarding for recycling with discounts and freebies. YOUR ATLANTA TEAM Rory Christian | Bill Dempsey |

The holiday season is upon us, but what do you do with your tree once the holiday season is gone?

15 ECO-FRIENDLY GIFT WRAPPING Let’s take charge of holiday paper waste by using alternative gift wrapping solutions. Don’t worry, the Earth will thank you!

16 RECYCLING WORDS See if you can guess all the crosswords in our Winter recycling words puzzle!

If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they’ll be all over it. -Bill Nye

Welcome to Atlanta!


Monique Webb, Recycling Perks

Recycling Perks is glad to be in Atlanta. We’ve partnered with over 150 local businesses so we can reward city residents for their recyling efforts! Residents signed up for a free Recycling Perks account automatically receive points for recycling on collection day in their online Recycling Perks account. Points can, in turn, be traded in for discounts and freebies from local businesses around town. Residents who recycle and use their Perks will save up to $25/month in discounts from local businesses, and that’s only the beginning. Are you a business interested in becoming a Recycling Perks Reward Partner? Well, local businesses are encouraged to participate in Recycling Perks by offering a discount (or reward, as we call it) that local residents can redeem by exchanging points earned for curbside recycling efforts. Over 95% of the businesses on Recycling Perks are locally owned and operated. Businesses participate for free and receive free advertising exposure on

Incentives for recycling are a win for residents and small businesses, and they encourage recycling efforts. Post Recycling Perks implementation; expect increases in curbside tonnage and participation saving the City money by diverting landfill bound waste to be recycled. Or, for information on your recycling incentive program, Recycling Perks, contact your Local Representative. Rory Christian - Atlanta, Georgia Market Representative at or call Recycling Perks at (855) 813-2154.




Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Location: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Location: 2715 Peachtree Road Northeast 320 Irwin Street, Atlanta 11/7 CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE

OF ATLANTA STRONG LEGS RUN 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Cost: $25$40, Location: Turner Field 11/7 CHASTAIN PARK ARTS 11/8 FESTIVAL

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Free to the public, Location: Chastain Park


10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta 11/8 OUT OF THE DARKNESS

COMMUNITY WALK 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM , Location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta


7:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: multiple streets, Atlanta


EASTSIDE 10K 7:12/5/2015 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Location: Atlanta


PARADE 2/5/2015 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Location: Peachtree Street & 16th Street 12/13 GENEROSITY ATLANTA

8:30 AM - 10:15 AM, Location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta 4

ONGOING EVENTS KEEP ATLANTA BEAUTIFUL Recycling Drop Off - BUCKHEAD 1st Saturday each month 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church 2715 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Corner East Wesley and Bolling Roads)

KEEP ATLANTA BEAUTIFUL Recycling Drop Off OLD FOURTH WARD 2nd Saturday each month 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Walden School 320 Irwin Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Intersection J.W. Dobbs and Hilliard Streets.)


8:00 AM - 9:30 AM, Cost: $30 -$40, Location: multiple streets, Morningside Presbyterian Church 12/19 THE UGLY SWEATER RUN

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Cost: $30 - $45 day of, Location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta

CITY OF ATLANTA RECYCLE DAY Every 3rd Saturday The Mall West End 850 Oak Street, Atlanta, GA 30310

NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING UNIT Each NPU meets on a monthly basis to consider community concerns. To view a list of meeting times visit www. aspx?page=739

January Our city is full of culture and history. It’s getting cold outside so it’s a great time to visit one of Atlanta’s many museums. • APEX Museum • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center • Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum • Atlanta History Center • Atlanta Monetary Museum • The Breman Museum • Callanwolde Fine Arts Center • Center for Puppetry Arts • Children’s Museum of Atlanta • Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries • College Football Hall of Fame • David J. Sencer CDC Museum • Delta Flight Museum • Fernbank Museum of Natural History • Fernbank Science Center • Ferst Center for the Arts • Georgia Capitol Museum • Georgia Governor’s Mansion • Hammonds House Museum • Hapeville Depot Museum • Herndon Home • High Museum of Art • Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum and Hall of Fame

• Jimmy Carter Library and Museum • Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site • Margaret Mitchell House & Museum • Michael C. Carlos Museum • Millennium Gate • Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia • Museum of Design Atlanta • National Museum of Decorative Painting • Omenala Griot Afrocentric Teaching Museum • Rhodes Hall • Robert C. Williams Paper Museum • Spelman College Museum of Fine Art • Swan House • Teaching Museum South • Tullie Smith House • World of Coca-Cola • Wren’s Nest

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Ambrosia Salon Aroma Paradise Aroma Soul Skin Boutique & Brow Bar ASB Skin & Wellness Atlanta Hair Studio Barron’s London Spa Blendz Hair Salon CJ’s Hair Studio 106 EcoColors Salon Hair Images Atlanta Heavenly Nail By Al JaNi Chic Melange Hair Studio Nubiance Salon and Spa PURE HD Salon Rejuvenate Spas Inc. Relax & Wax Midtown Atlanta Relish Salon Salon Enjay of Atlanta Simply Sun Tanning SKYHH Salon Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa Studio Oliver Salon The Cherry Blossom Salon The Styling Firm of Atlanta

Asap Carpets & More Trinity Lawn & Landscape

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Apex Museum Atlanta Rocks! Bounce Bounce Party Rentals Fernbank Science Center Frabel Studio and Gallery Happy-Hookah J Spot Studio Millennium Gate Museum North Georgia Canopy Tours Paranoia Quest Wine Tours of Georgia Zoo Atlanta ZoUnique Abstracts

FOOD & BEVEREAGE Adios Cafe Agave Restaurant Ali’s Cookies Babylon Cafe Banjo Cold Brew Coffee Battle and Brew Big Al’s Gourmet Butter Made Burgers Big Daddy Biscuits C is for Sweets Cafe 55 Caja Popcorn CalyRoad Creamery CamiCakes Cupcakes Carver Neighborhood Market Cupcake Endulgers Boutique Debbie’s Delights Eclectic Bistro and Bar Edible Arrangements Garnish and Gather Golda Kombucha IT’SUGAR Just Add Honey Tea Company


FOOD & BEVEREAGE (cont.) Kenley’s Restaurant Kimi’s Bistro Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. Lupa’s Kitchen Mana-Foods Mayflor Farms Miss D’s Pralines No Mas! Cantina Pizza Hut Poco Mas! Rag & Frass Farm Regionally Right Farms S & J’s Woodfired Pizza Silver’s Delight All Natural Juice and Caribbean Restaurant Sweet Auburn Seafood Restaurant Sweet Cheats The Landmark Diner Xocolatl Chocolate

HEALTH & FITNESS ABS: Absolute Body Symmetry Active Sol Yoga Any Spine Chiropractic Center Barre3 Atlanta Buckhead Body By Sno Clean Start Total Body Cleansing CrossFit Midtown Dance 411 GNC Midtown Plaza InTown Stars Gymnastics Jeanne’s Body Tech Kick Start Martial Arts PSS Injury & Wellness Center Roc House Women’s Fitness Spa Sacred Sweat Yoga Sacred Thread Yoga Sparlin Health Care Thunderbolt Power Yoga Total You Wellness Center

BookATailor CitrusFresh Carpet Cleaning DaKota Blue Digital Arts Studio DigiTechCo Jay’s Mobile Detailing Marvi Threading At Lenox Pet Chef Express Qwik2fix Recycling Rules Red Oak Manor Roberson Specialized Services Simple Sisters The Drain Surgeon Traci with an Eye Graphic Design

SHOPPING 3 Parks Wine Shop Alexis Suitcase Atlanta Bundle Boutique Attitudes By Moe Baby Love Boots, Bridles, and Britches Cheeky Maiden Soap Company City Fashion Common Scents Conceited Inc. EAV Smoke & Vape Fig & Flower Flame Of Life Forest Things Inman Park Dry Goods Ivory Bridal & Formal KJ Hosiery Le Jardin Francais Leire Tid Studios Moon Organics Natural Element Organic Soaps Planet Beach Preserving Place RASA T-Shirts RimTyme Sam Flax Seed Factory Shades For Less Sisters Bookshop The Flower Garden The Pig & The Pearl The Sewing Studio The Shed at Glenwood The Whole Dog Market Urban Jewelry Vue Eyewear

Support the businesses who support you! All of the rewards on Recycling Perks are provided by businesses who support recycling in Atlanta, Georgia. Log on to to enroll in your free account and redeem earned recy9 cling points for discounts from these fine establishments.

“In addition to her creativity and skills as a graphic designer, Traci is very prompt and professional. We are extremely pleased with the work she’s done for us. I highly recommend her!” - Craig S., customer on WORDS: Monique Webb, Recycling Perks

Traci With An Eye Graphic Design, LLC. Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC was one of the first businesses to join Recycling Perks in incentivizing recycling for Atlanta residents. Recycling Perks came to the city of Atlanta back in June, and Traci Sampson sure had an eye for helping others recycle.


Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC was founded in 2010 and specializes in print design, illustration and branding for small to medium businesses. Atlanta-based owner of Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, Traci Sampson, has been a graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. All of her experience is poured into the work she does for each of her customers. Her

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia coupled with her Graphic Design Degree from Kennesaw State University has helped her business flourish. Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC is located in the neighborhood of East Atlanta Village and the business owner, Traci Sampson, is a member of the East Atlanta Business Association. Not only does she dedicate time to her business but also to local committees including the Dunwoody Chamber in Heels, a women’s networking group that is part of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, she is the social media chairperson for the Atlanta Freelance Forum.

Traci Sampson is a master at logo, business card, and letterhead, brochure, flyer, postcard, advertisement, invitation, billboard, poster, and signage design. Well versed? Yes! Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC also designs specialty and promotional items such as shopping bag, t-shirt, food packaging, label, and any other promotional product design. The company has been booming since its inception and for good reason. Traci with an Eye Graphic

Design, LLC staff is also experienced in social media marketing including creating Corporate Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn pages, web banners, and web ads. Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC is truly a one stop shop for all of a company’s marketing needs. Designing cover photos and icons for specialty tabs, as well as e-mail campaigns/ blasts are simply a part of making a brand special, so Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC works to make each customer not just happy, but exceptionally so. They work with real estate agents, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, convention centers, law practices, retail and merchandising companies and new businesses. Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC believes in design solutions that are memorable, timeless, and can communicate efficiently. To top it off, Traci with an Eye Graphic Design, LLC offers reasonable prices, quick turn-a-round and excellent customer service from process to completion.

Contact 404-525-9494

“Traci was a godsend! She was so attentive and responsive to our particular needs as a new Etsy based business. Her creativity and vision were integral in helping us create a logo that reflects who we are as a company. As a part of our logo for Sweet Pea Salvage, we asked her to create a rendering of our precious dog, Sprout (aka Sweet Pea). She recognized how important it was for us to capture his spirit and she did an amazing job! We highly recommend Traci to everyone and we look forward to working with her again!”

Nicole Haines, Sweet Pea Salvage (October 2014)




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10 E-waste Facts! 1. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream on the planet. 2. E-waste is responsible for 70% of overall toxic waste. 3. 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. 4. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year. 5. 80% to 85% of electronic products were discarded in landfills or incinerators. 6. An estimated 112,000 computers are discarded every day in the United States. 7. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year. 8. Electronic items are considered to be hazardous. 9. The U.S. ranks as the No. 1 e-waste generating country. 10. Over 40 million tons of electric and electronic waste (e-waste) are produced worldwide every year.



It’s that magical time of the year, where everything shines and glows. Multicolored front yards, decked-out Christmas trees, enchanted parks, glass ornaments, and candy canes. But what happens to your tree when the season is over? Most trees are thrown away to end

Sandra Hungate, Recycling Perks

Oh Christmas tree... ...Oh Christmas tree, what if your leaves were changing?

their lives in landfills. Some don’t even make it there because they become too dry and catch fire. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which makes them easy to reuse or recycle. Let’s look at how to give it new life or properly recycle it. Here’s to starting the New Year with the resolution to be a green citizen!


Winter decorations If you’re a crafty person, you’ll find many uses for the trunk and branches. Why not make wreaths or garland to decorate your house? Potpourri To keep the enchanted scents forever, cut some branches into small pieces. Add lemons, oranges, and all your favorite spices to make it a potpourri! Coasters Cut the trunk in disks that you can then enjoy decorating. Just check out these cool coasters we found on Pinterest!



Replant If your tree came with its roots intact, you can plant it outdoors and enjoy it for many years to come.

Garden mulch Do you have a garden? Cut your tree into smaller chunks to fit into a wood chipper. Spread the mulch in your garden or around plants. Mulch helps regulate soil temperatures, reduces water loss, prevents weeds, and protects your plants from the cold. Wood for your fireplace Removing the branches of your tree allows you to expose the trunk. You can saw the trunk into logs, which can be used to burn in your fireplace. Local recycling Many places offer curbside pickup or drop-off centers to recycle your Christmas tree after the season is over. Check with your local waste management department or building supply stores near you. Trees are often required to be cut into 4 ft. portions, some areas may also require them to be cut into even smaller pieces that can be placed in your recycling bin.

Bird feeder Place your tree or a few of the larger branches in your yard as an organic feeder and shelter for birds. Attract the birds by placing sunflower seeds, peanuts, or fruits like cranberries, or orange slices on the branches. Fish feeder Do you own a pond? Sinking your tree into it will make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish.


If you are hesitant to even get a real Christmas tree, you can also make one yourself out of metal strings, scrap wood, books, post-its, lights, corks, a ladder or a tomato cage, and more… Check out some ideas on Pinterest!

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping WORDS:

Monique Webb, Recycling Perks

Sometimes the alternatives are better than the originals, for the Earth at least. Do you know how much of our holiday waste WALLPAPER SAMPLES stream could be reduced if we used eco-friendly You might have some of these lying around from gift wrapping? your last living room renovation, so why not use them for the holidays? You can simply wrap a Well, in the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap gift like it’s wrapping paper, it can’t get any easiand shopping bags totals 4 million tons. (Source: er than this! Use Less Stuff)

Let’s just think about this logically. There has to be other ways in which we can reduce this 4 million tons of wrapping and packaging. Well, that’s why Recycling Perks is suggesting the following forms of alternative gift wrapping for all of your holiday needs.

JARS & CANS If you have a gift small enough, why not give it in a jar or can? You can go crazy on the paint or simply seal the jar with a nice fabric swatch to add color to your gift. Even if you don’t have time, a simple ribbon will do the trick for a bit of flair on your jar wrapped gift.

FABRIC The number one choice for alternative gift wrapping is fabric. It’s the perfect reusable item. Try wrapping some gifts in a kitchen towel, fabric swatch or even a part of the gift, like a scarf, sweater or t-shirt. In Japan, the art of wrapping gifts in fabric is called, Furodhiki. So let’s all master the art of saving the planet by wrapping gifts in fabric.

THE NATURAL WAY What could be better than natural fibers? Try wrapping a gift in dried banana leaves, or weaving a basket with the leaves from a palm tree. You can even get super special and tie some fresh or dried flowers to the top in place of the traditional bow. Nothing beats natural, and this is the best and most environmentally friendly way to wrap all of your gifts this holiday season.

NEWSPAPERS & MAPS Did we even have to tell you about this one? This age old trick is crafty and of course, inexpensive. You already have access to it, and the cartoon section is practically decorated already!

Save paper, save time, and make gift giving just a bit more eco-friendly by using these alternative means of gift wrapping this holiday season. 15