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Hazardous Waste Label

Hazardous Waste Label

Proper procedures for handling hazardous waste include labeling and maintaining inventories of dangerous substances, as well as creating emergency-response plans in case of accidental releases.

Photograph by Jeremy Brooks

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Seminole Road Landfill

Seminole Road Landfill

Household garbage is compacted at the Seminole Road Landfill in DeKalb County, pictured in 2005. Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates the proper management of landfills in order to protect the surrounding environment and communities.

Courtesy of Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Photograph by Rich Addicks..

Landfill

Landfill

In 2000 Georgians produced 12.8 million tons of garbage, most of it placed in landfills. Stringent design criteria have been implemented for new and expanding landfills to prevent toxic chemicals in household wastes from leaching into the soil.

Courtesy of Jim Kundell, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

Waste Disposal Capacity, 2008

Waste Disposal Capacity, 2008

Remaining capacities for the disposal of solid wastes vary across Georgia. The map regions shaded in pink have less than 10 years of capacity; yellow regions have 10-19 years; light blue regions have 20-29 years; and dark blue regions have 30 or more years.

Courtesy of Georgia Department of Community Affairs

Christmas Tree Chipping

Christmas Tree Chipping

Christmas trees in Bainbridge are chipped into mulch in January 2009 as part of the statewide "Bring One for the Chipper" tree recycling program. The chipping was a joint effort by the City of Bainbridge and Keep Decatur County Beautiful.

Courtesy of Bainbridgega.com

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous solid waste consists of material that has been discarded and poses a threat to human health or the environment. Disposal of hazardous wastes, much of which are produced as by-products of industrial processes, is regulated by Subtitle C of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey. Photograph by S. C. Delaney

Seminole Road Landfill

Seminole Road Landfill

An employee at the Seminole Road Landfill in DeKalb County separates old car tires from rims in preparation for recycling. The management of solid and hazardous waste is covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976, which was passed to help protect human and environmental health and to reduce waste.

Courtesy of Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Photograph by Rich Addicks..

Recycle 4 Georgia

Recycle 4 Georgia

Recycle 4 Georgia is a program administered by the Office of Environmental Management of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The program encourages local governments to manage waste through recycling by providing recycling trailers for special events.

Courtesy of Recycle 4 Georgia

Bowen Power Plant

Bowen Power Plant

Major sources of industrial toxins in Georgia include agriculture, manufacturing, and coal-fired electrical power generation. Georgia Power Company's Bowen plant, a coal-fired power plant in Bartow County, is the nation's top producer of sulfur dioxide, a toxic substance.Photograph by Joe McTyre.

Gilman Paper Company

Gilman Paper Company

The Gilman Paper Company, pictured in 1952, was located in Camden County. Like other paper mills, the Gilman Paper Company released a variety of toxins into the surrounding environment during its years of operation. The site of the plant was later cleaned under Superfund legislation.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, #
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Poultry Industry

Poultry Industry

The $13.5 billion poultry industry in Georgia generates a tremendous amount of agricultural waste in the form of chicken litter, which can be carried to surface waters in runoff pollution.

Courtesy of Carl Weinberg

Scherer Power Plant

Scherer Power Plant

Georgia Power Company's Scherer plant is one of twelve coal-fired power plants operating in Georgia as of 2009. These plants produce approximately 64 percent of the state's electricity with coal mined in other states.

Courtesy of Atlanta History Center, Photograph by W. A. Bridges..

Bowen Power Plant

Bowen Power Plant

Georgia Power Company's Bowen coal-fired power plant, pictured in 1977, is located in Bartow County. Toxins produced by burning coal include carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury compounds.Photograph by Charles Pugh.

Superfund Site

Superfund Site

Hercules Inc. in Brunswick, pictured in 2004, is an active chemical processing plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified the plant as a Superfund site because of contamination from toxic waste.

Superfund Sign

Superfund Sign

A broken gate in Coweta County marks the entrance to a Superfund site, where 2-3 million tires were once burned. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the cleanup of toxic-waste sites under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund).

Diamond Shamrock Corporation

Diamond Shamrock Corporation

The entrance to the Diamond Shamrock Corporation's landfill in Polk County, a former Superfund site, is pictured in 2005, fifteen years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finished cleanup of the property. The eight-acre site was contaminated with oil pitch and other hazardous substances.

Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Atlantic Steel Mill

Atlantic Steel Mill

The Atlantic Steel Mill in Atlanta operated for more than 100 years before closing in 1998. The contamined 138-acre site on which the mill stood was cleaned as part of the largest brownfield reclamation project in the nation. In 2001 it reopened as Atlantic Station, a mixed-use development complex.

Courtesy of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Brownfield

Brownfield

A brownfield is an abandoned industrial site that is often contaminated with hazardous pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program offers a grant program to assist with the assessment and restoration of brownfields.

Courtesy of Environmental Planning Specialists

Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station, a development on the west side of Atlanta, was built on a reclaimed brownfield and designed according to the principles of New Urbanism, an architectural movement that offers an alternative to the suburban, automobile-dependent lifestyle.

Courtesy of Atlantic Station

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

Georgia Sea Turtle Center

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island opened in 2007 to provide veterinary care to injured sea turtles and to educate the public about sea turtle conservation. The facility was built on a reclaimed brownfield, the former site of a coal-fired power plant that had contaminated the property with various industrial toxins.

Courtesy of Georgia Sea Turtle Center