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City Of Augusta's Own Recycling Efforts Hit and Miss

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When he's downtown, Julius Rodriguez see's something is missing. "I have noticed that before, that there aren't any...there's normal trash bins, no recycling," he said.

Check out Broad Street and the Augusta Common. It's true, there are trash cans, but nothing saying recycling bins.

Encouraging recycling was one of the reasons the city went to one-day-a-week trash pickup, instead of two, in June.

At a popular park, Diamond Lakes, you can get soft drinks that come in recyclable containers, but there's only trash cans here to throw them away.

"The city wants you to recycle," we said to Diamond Lakes regular Stanley Raye. "What kind of message does that send?" we asked. "A mixed message," he said.

The new Augusta Recreation, Parks, and Facilities Department director admits there little recycling but says there could be. 

"There's nothing wrong with trying to do it in the parks, especially with all the water bottles, drink containers. We can pull those out of the rubbish stream. I think it's a good thing for us," said Bob Levine.

At Fire Station 18, they've been pulling things out of the waste stream for years, recycling aluminum cans and newspapers. But, Augusta Animals Services sends all its trash to the landfill, and so does the Tax Commissioner's Tag Offices.

The Municipal Building encourages recycling. There's a recycle bin in the building, and the trash from offices is separated to remove the recyclables.

"I think the city is doing a good job promoting going green and the recycling efforts. However, we can do some improvements, there are room for improvements," says Deputy City Administrator Tameka Allen who has lead the city recycling efforts at the Municipal Building.

The city says, if you don't want to overflow your trash can, recycle, which is sometimes easier said than done.

"Do you think the city is doing enough?" we asked Rodriguez. "No, I don't think so," he answered.

Augusta Landfill officials say they are looking at stepping up recycling efforts at city offices as well as launching pilot recycling program for the Recreation Department, during special event at the Augusta Common, and at the staffed city parks like Diamond Lakes.

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