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New EPA Toolkit to Help Municipal Governments Confront Recycling Challenges

Release Date: 09/19/2008
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Sept. 19, 2008) EPA Region 4 is releasing a new Municipal Government Toolkit (MGTK). The MGTK provides a centralized web-based resource for recycling-related information designed specifically to assist local government leaders and recycling program coordinators. The MGTK provides a key resource to help elected officials and decision-makers identify information to develop, evaluate, support, and/or expand their reduction programs. This resource presents a collection of economic data, sample legislation, waste reduction efforts, guidance resources, and case studies regarding the impacts of recycling in the Southeast. The website focuses on six key areas related to recycling in the Southeast: economic impacts, climate change aspects, community benefits of recycling, and recycling hot topics, as well as modules on starting a recycling program, and improving a recycling program. The toolkit also emphasizes Region 4's new Recycling Grows Green logo, , demonstrating that recycling efforts by municipalities often have the dual benefits of helping the environment and local budgets.

Persons interested in obtaining additional information are encouraged to contact Rhonda Rollins at (404) 562-8664 / rollins.rhonda@epa.gov or Angela Bivens, (404) 562-8623 / bivens.angela@epa.gov. The website can be accessed at www.epa.gov/region4/recycle, then follow the link to the Toolkit.