A tan graphic with colorful charts and graphics depicts data about Cobb County's waste levels and strategies regarding how to limit said waste.
Cobb County's growing population generated concerns regarding the high levels of waste, leading the county to develop innovative solutions. (Jen Curtis/Fresh Take Georgia)

Cobb County is home to 763,00 people and faces an ongoing environmental challenge: waste management.

Since 2009, the county has outsourced its compost facility, transfer station and vegetative waste operations to private contractors, while its three closed landfills are closely monitored to ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations. The Sustainability, Waste, and Beautification sector handles the county’s increasing population, enforces strict environmental regulations and addresses customer demands for quality service

Keep Cobb Beautiful (KCB), a nonprofit government entity, collaborates with the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to establish environmental and waste management policies. Originating in 1984 with a focus on newspaper recycling, KCB now promotes solid waste handling, recycling, and disposal awareness through initiatives like Bring One for the Chipper, Adopt-A-Mile and the Rivers Alive stream cleanup.

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