Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gotta Love A Little Controversy; Sanitation Services

As I stated in the last post, logging onto John Heneghen's website reminded me to post the fact that DeKalb County Superintendent Dr. Crawford Lewis would be speaking at Dunwoody High School next Thursday - his "State of the System" update. I mentioned that I would be attending, and that one of the questions I had for Dr. Lewis was, "what are the plans for the Dunwoody cluster of elementary schools over the next 5-to-10 years." Talk about starting a firestorm! There are now 43 comments on John's blog concerning the superintendent's update. And quite a few of them are taking pot shots at Vanderlyn parents. I think it would be worth you time to take a peek on John's site, and to submit your two-cents worth! Otherwise, it seems it's just Flashburger and I are sticking up for Vanderlyn parents. If nothing else, I think you will find it quite entertaining!!!
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I hope you had a chance to read the letters to the editor in this week's Crier. One letter in particular attracted my attention. It was written by Kevin Copeland, the owner of justTRASHit!, a sanitation collection company based here in Dunwoody. Kevin talks about the Dunwoody City Council seeking bids from private companies to replace DeKalb County Sanitation should we no longer have the option to use the county's services or deem them too expensive. If there's one company that could provide the same service as DeKalb, I believe it would be Kevin's company. I don't know Kevin all that well, but what I know I like. He's built his company from the dirt, and the man has a never-quit attitude. Click on the photo for more on his company.

10 comments:

Flashburger said...

Congratulations on your big news! You can count on support from Flashburger and family.

Rick Callihan said...

I am not in your district Bob but I'll lend my support as well. Sorry about breaking the news early, but I am sure your kickoff event will be well received. I'll make sure King John posts about it and we'll get a photo for The Crier.

Rick Callihan said...

Bob,

I need to resign as campaign manager as I am starting a new sanitation company here in Dunwoody.

We are going to offer seven day a week pickups. We will be using Brook Run Park as our landfill to keep costs down.

Pattie Baker said...

Rick: Would you mind collecting food scraps so we can start a compost windrow for the garden? :)

Rick Callihan said...

Pattie,

Monday will be food scraps day. I'll have a special truck for that.

Bob Fiscella said...

Rick,
Now that you're leaving me in a bind, any ideas who I can get to serve as campaign manager? Think Dick Williams wants the job. After all, it's tough to get elected in Dunwoody without Dick's blessing!

Bob Fiscella said...

Pattie,
Question for you - should DeKalb County be recycling a lot more than it does? I have my blue bin and blue bags, but there is so much that I'm seemingly not supposed to put in them!

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Pattie Baker said...

Bob: Per the mayor's request, I did some research of what other cities are doing nationwide. I looked specifically at those that are listed in the top ten cities for recycling and the top ten most sustainable cities. There is a huge range of options, both for sanitation and recycling. I have passed my research on to Jeff and Kimberly at the city and they are compiling it with other research they have done. Since the current offerings from DeKalb County satisfy the related ARC Green Community measures, this is as far as the Sustainability Commission is going to go on this topic.

I have more questions than answers at this point, and I don't profess to be an expert on this issue. I would be interested in an expert, third-party, objective evaluation of the options for Dunwoody, specific not only to our city's size and waste profile but also to what appears to be our citizens' desire for both choice and voice.

As for recycling more, there are many ways that interested individuals can do that (I think earth911.com is the site to find out how to recycle almost anything). Also, beyond participating in the current recycling program, composting makes a big difference. Some huge % of garbage is food waste. There are terrific composters available now--I particularly like one called the EnviroCycle. Amazon sells it. Also, a little worm bin is fun for the kids and can work wonders. By the way, several cities do pick up food waste as part of their recycling efforts. (L.A. even picks up horse manure!) And, FYI, there are companies in Atlanta working with restaurants to compost their pre- and post-consumer food waste. In fact, Ecco (part of the Fifth Group, in which a Dunwoody resident is a partner) is the first restaurant in Atlanta to have NO dumpster at all. Interesting what is possible.

Bob Fiscella said...

Pattie,
Thanks!