‘A Bag’s Life’ Campaign Offers Education, Website, App
To Help Locate 750 Retail Drop-off Sites for Plastic Bags and Wraps Statewide
(Atlanta) – February 28, 2012 – Georgia today joined the “A Bag’s Life” recycling education movement which helps consumers find nearly 750 grocery and retail store drop off sites for their plastic bags and wraps statewide. Legislators, recyclers, retailers and government officials gathered at the capitol to announce participation in the awareness campaign, which provides a website (www.abagslife.com) with a zip code locator app and social media outreach.
The site showed Kroger and Walmart, both in the Highway 515 corridor in Jasper as recycling spots here.
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty joined State Senator Ross Tolleson and State Representative Lynn Smith, who each chair their legislative Natural Resources Committees, and students from metro Atlanta schools in kicking off A Bag’s Life. Officers with the Georgia Food Industry Association, the Georgia Recycling Coalition and Keep Georgia Beautiful also spoke in favor of the public-private partnership.
A Bag’s Life, through quirky messaging like “Don’t treat me like trash” and “Gimme a second chance,” encourages consumers to reduce, reuse and recycle their free grocery bags. It also reminds people that other bags like those used for dry cleaning, newspapers and bread, as well as wraps and films used on products like paper towels or bottled water also can be dropped off at many retailers for recycling.
“While recycling plastic bags and wraps is a shared responsibility, retailers recognize they must take a leadership role in the state’s recycling policies,” said Kathy Zuzava, president of the Georgia Food Industry Association. “Most of our members already have established plastic bag and wrap recycling in their stores. A Bag’s Life simply takes those efforts one step further by making it easy for customers to locate the nearest recycling opportunity at their favorite local retailer.”
Nationwide, plastic bag and wrap recycling is on the rise, reaching a record high of nearly 972 million pounds in 2010 — an increase of 50 percent since 2005 — according to a report released last month by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc on behalf of the American Chemistry Council. In the past five years, recycling of plastic film grew seven times faster than recycling overall, according to EPA data.
“By taking the extra time to bring our bags and wraps back to the store to be recycled, we are giving that bag a second chance to be made into something else like outdoor decking, park benches, or even new bags,” said Gloria Hardegree, executive director of the Georgia Recycling Coalition. “By remembering this simple step, we can make a significant difference in reusing and recycling these valuable plastic resources.”
The plastic bag icon on the website is designed to take on a life of its own, smiling when it’s happy, frowning when it’s not. Website copy suggests that individuals should step up and do their part to address litter and waste rather than blame the bag if it’s not being recycled or reused.
“This program demonstrates what public and private groups can do when they work together,” said Sarah Visser, executive director of Keep Georgia Beautiful. “Individually, if each one of us takes this extra earth-friendly step to remember to recycle our bags, we can reduce litter in our communities and yield tremendous results.”
About A Bag’s Life
A Bag’s Life is a public education campaign that unites non-profits, business, community and government organizations around the common goal of promoting the three R’s as they relate to plastic bags — reduce, reuse and recycle. Partners include Keep Georgia Beautiful, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, the Georgia Food Industry Association, SP Recycling, Trex Company and the American Chemistry Council.
Caption, Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty joined State Senator Ross Tolleson and State Representative Lynn Smith, who each chair their legislative Natural Resources Committees, and students to kick off a statewide plastic bag recycling program.
(Social Circle, GA) March 7, 2011- Enhance your outdoor experience by
downloading the new mobile app from the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources. The Official Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is
offered free and is on-target for all hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen
according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife
The Pocket Ranger® is an all-encompassing app that allows you to
explore the outdoors like you never have before. Pocket Ranger® gives
users full access to information for each of Georgia’s DNR
facilities-look up hunting regulations, retrieve facility maps, buy
licenses and permits and stay current on our events. The app’s
advanced GPS section allows users to track, mark, record and share their
explorations and discoveries easily with other Pocket Ranger® users as
well as family and friends.
This new app, developed for IPhone and Android platforms, uses some of
the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide users with
valuable features that will enhance their visits to Wildlife Management
Areas (WMA), Public Fishing Areas (PFA) and other state owned lands. The
app-developed collaboratively between Georgia’s Department of Natural
Resources and ParksByNature Network-is available for free to smartphone
users, and can be downloaded by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market or
“The new Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide makes exploring Georgia’s
outdoor areas easier than ever,” said Dan Forster, Wildlife Resources
Director. “It has an activity search feature which allows you to find
the closest place to hunt, fish, ride horses, bird watch or just explore
trails. It also includes detailed descriptions of each area with all
amenities available at the site, current weather reports and maps for
WMAs, PFAS and all state owned lands.”
GPS technology plays a pivotal role in the app’s safety functions,
including a safety alert feature that informs designated contacts on
your phone of your GPS coordinates in case of an emergency.
“I am very excited about the new safety alert feature which will
assist us finding your location if you are lost,” said Forster.
“This technology will aid our Conservation Rangers in providing
assistance if needed.”
This spring, Pocket Ranger® introduces GeoChallenge, a new feature that
includes geoquest activities as well as games. Enjoy the fun, new ways
to navigate, learn and explore your favorite areas by completing the
various challenges. The challenges and quests will be added and updated
With an extensive list of features, social sharing options and safety
functions, the Official Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is
one of the most highly developed, free apps on the market. Download it
today to begin the fun!
Also from council meeting, Sunday alcohol sales to be on ballot
Following a request by Kroger, Jasper city council members on Monday approved a measure to allow city voters to chose whether or not to have Sunday alcohol sales by the package in area stores. Voters have previously approved Sunday sales in restaurants within the city limits. Jasper Attorney Bill Pickett said the referendum would likely be on the ballot in the November general election.
Canton (GA) March 8, 2012 ~ Cherokee County Environmental Health officials announced today that a rabid kitten, which reportedly was in contact with a variety of people in Cherokee County just prior to its death, has now tested positive for rabies.
The public is alerted to call their local environmental health office or medical care provider if they believe they may have been exposed to the kitten, described as being gray-striped with medium-length fur and located at the Starbucks at 1353 Riverstone Parkway in Canton during February 22 through March 1, 2012.
On Thursday, March 1, the stray kitten was picked up by a young woman at the Riverstone Parkway Starbucks, where it had been touched by an unspecified number of people. The woman took the kitten to her home in Canton that day, where several other people handled it.
“It’s a basic gut thing: Are we going to let schools be parents or are we going to let parents be parents?”
- Rep. Rick Jasperse
State Rep. Rick Jasperse introduced legislation last week in the Georgia General Assembly to repeal the SHAPE Act which requires students in public schools to be weighed and their body fat calculated and reported to parents.
Schools are expected to begin weighing students this academic period. Jasperse, noted his house bill would not come to a vote this year and definitely not in time to stop anything during this academic year.