It is that time again! Check your closets, storage rooms and office for household items and old electronics that could be recycled.
The quarterly Recycle It! Fair is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. We now offer three fair locations in the county to make it easier to recycle.
The regular recycling drop-off sites throughout the county are available for dropping off regularly used items, including newspapers and inserts; paper; magazines; light board, like food boxes and product boxes; many types of plastics, including bottles and containers; glass bottles; tin cans; aluminum cans; and cardboard.
Meanwhile, the quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are for other items used around the house and workplace.
Here is a description of the items we can accept:
• E-Waste/electronics — This includes computers, printers, monitors, computer accessories, stereo equipment, televisions, cellphones and accessories. All hard drives will be wiped clean for your security by our local Goodwill Industries.
• Household paint — Cans must be well sealed well, not rusted and at least half full. If your cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand to the paint, let it completely dry up, then dispose of the cans in your regular garbage. We cannot accept them for reuse.
• Compact fluorescent lamps and fluorescent light bulbs — Check out Energy Star’s website at www.energystar.gov for more information on these energy-efficient lights.
• Used motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries — At the Midway and Walthourville sites, we can accept the car batteries, but we only can accept the oil and antifreeze in clean, disposable containers. Remember to recycle motor oil and antifreeze as soon as possible. Never pour these items down the drain or into a storm drain or just dump them. They really cause severe water-pollution problems.
• Any household batteries
• Printer ink and toner cartridges
• Telephone books and large-sale catalogs
• Hardback books, paperbacks and textbooks
• Medicine — All three locations will allow you to dispose of any old prescription and over-the-counter medications. Please, never flush these items down the toilet. These types of items have a detrimental effect on our waterways and, consequently, on aquatic life and humans. Hypodermic needles are the only related items that the Hinesville Police Department and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office cannot accept.
• Household goods and clothes — They must be in clean, decent condition.
• A number of other items for Midway Middle School’s recycling program. Check with us at email@example.com or go to the school website, http://schools.liberty.k12.ga.us/mms/, for a list of more than 80 items that Midway Middle School collects in its awesome recycling program.
So, just think how much more room you will have in your storage areas at home and work after you collect these items for the fair. We will be looking for you!
To volunteer or for more information, call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.