Citizens For Public Awareness
Citizens For Public Awareness is a grass roots action group. We are opposed to the Sweet City Landfill LLC project.
Some quick facts about Sweet City Landfill:
* Sweet City Landfill will dispose of 1.7 million tons annually (6,538 tons per day).
* 6,538 tons each day is equivalent to the payloads of 284 tractor-trailer loads or 54 railcars.
* In just over 3 days, Sweet City Landfill will receive the amount of waste generated by the whole of Elbert County in 1 year.
* Two of the closest MSW landfills to Elbert County are Oak Grove (Barrow County) and R & B (Banks County). In 2010, these two received a combined total of 885,000 tons of waste. Sweet City Landfill will receive almost twice this amount annually. In fact, the most waste received by a Georgia landfill in 2010 was 1.3 million tons. Sweet City Landfill will eclipse this by 400,000 tons and stand to be Georgia's largest landfill, in terms of annual disposal. The Northeast Georgia Region (12 counties) generated 464,333 tons of municipal solid waste in 2010. If all of this was delivered to Sweet City Landfill, the remaining annual capacity would still be over 1.2 million tons. Sweet City Landfill is well beyond "regional" in impact.
* Municipal solid waste landfills accept more than household waste. Two of the most problematic items are COAL ASH and SEWAGE SLUDGE. Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, etc., all known to cause a much greater risk of cancer, respiratory distress, and disorders of the nervous and reproductive systems. Cleanup efforts at two disaster sites in Tennessee and North Carolina have resulted in COAL ASH being sent by rail to MSW landfills in Alabama and Virginia. Duke Power has approximately 150 million tons of coal ash currently stored at 32 sites in North Carolina alone. They have until 2029 to address issues of coal ash containment and storage related to their Clean Water Act violations that resulted in recent fines in excess of $100 Million.
CPA has been successful in blocking the creation of the landfill in the courts, The Supreme Court will hear SCL's appeal in August. We want to continue putting pressure on them, and block any new attempts at a back alley route to success. They will not give up, even if they lose their appeal.
We want to continue to win the battle in the court of public opinion, keeping the public and local politicians opposed to the Sweet City Landfill Project. We need a good logo and web presence to do so.
We want a logo and catchy slogan to put on t-shirts, posters etc. to keep the public informed
and opposed to the landfill.