The City of Grovetown is committed to recycling, waste reduction, pollution prevention and preservation of natural resources. The city's recycling initiative actively promotes this commitment . The city provides curbside pickup every Wednesday and a recycle site located at the city maintenance shop at 1034 Newmantown Rd.
Recycling reduces air and water pollution, saves energy, conserves resources, and saves money for the City of Grovetown. Check out the facts:
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV or computer monitor for three hours
- Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours
- The recycled sector of the global paper industry is the industry’s most modern, efficient and least polluting sector.
Newspaper, aluminum cans and cardboard are the only items the city currently accepts for recycling, however the City of Grovetown encourages all its residents to recycle as much yard waste as possible by employing the following practices:
- Composting: Place leaves and grass in a pile on your property. Add water and turn the pile from time to time. After the leaves and grass have decomposed, the finished compost may be worked into the soil as an amendment. This provides nutrients and helps the soil retain moisture.
- Grasscycling Simply mow your lawn and let the clippings fall and return nitrogen and other nutrients to your turf. If you mow often there is no need to collect clippings for disposal.
The city provides free mulch and dirt to all city residents at the city lot behind the post office. Residents may also drop off their old Christmas trees at this site. Before recycling your Christmas tree, remove all tinsel and ornaments.
Christmas trees take up lots of space in landfills. Luckily, people keep thinking of new ways to recycle the trees. For example:
- Old Christmas trees can be chopped up and turned into mulch. Gardeners put mulch around trees and plants to help keep roots moist. Mulch can also be put on trails to help protect the soil.
- Larger branches can be cut into smaller bundles for winter protective mulch around newly planted perennials and small shrubs. Be sure to remove the branches in spring, when the plants begin to grow again.
- Trees can be tied in bundles and sunk in ponds, according to the National Wildlife Federation. These trees make good hiding places and feeding areas for fish.
- Trees can be placed in the woods, yard or garden for use by birds and other wildlife. The branches provide shelter from strong winds and cold. Food can be supplied by hanging fruit slices, seed cakes, or suet bags on its branches. You can also smear peanut butter and seeds in pine cones and hang them in the tree.