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Free trees, recycle fairs this weekend
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Sara Swida is director of Keep Liberty Beautiful.

February is a wonderful time to plant trees, recycle household goods and purge your old personal documents for shredding.

I know we immediately think of Valentine’s Day when we think of February, but Georgia Arbor Day is also celebrated each February on the third Friday of the month.

Please do not forget about planting trees in the midst of all the hearts and flowers and candy. And just think, cleaning out a closet or old files for recycling or shredding could be a lovely Valentine’s Day present.

In honor of Arbor Day, we will be distributing trees this month at the following locations:

• Farmers Natural Foods from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 16

• Recycle It! Fair at the Liberty County Health Department in Hinesville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17

• Recycle It! Fair at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17

• Recycle It! and Shred It! events at the Walthourville City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17

We offer free trees to local residents, schools, businesses, churches and cities that are interested in tree planting. The limited numbers of trees we have are reserved very quickly, so I urge you to contact us next week if you are interested.

We have just a few unreserved dogwoods, oaks and crape myrtles remaining while I write this. So we can only reserve trees while our supplies last.

We will also be holding Recycle It! Fairs while we give out trees. Here are the items we will accept for recycling on Feb. 17:

• Electronics and electronic accessories

• Household paint (cans must be sealed well and clean and at least half full).

• CFL and fluorescent light bulbs

• Used motor oil and antifreeze

• Car batteries.

• Household batteries

• Printer ink and toner cartridges

• Telephone books, large sale catalogs and books

• Household goods and clothes (gently used, please)

• 4-H’ers will be collecting gently used shoes for ShoeBox Recycling

• Old prescription medications and over the counter medications (cannot take liquids and sprays)

And for the Shred It! event in Walthourville, box up your personal or business records now so they can be safely disposed Feb. 17. We hold shred days twice a year and rotate locations so that more citizens will have access to the events.

Britta d’Angelo will have a tent of wonderful items made from recycled products. If you have never seen her creations, please come and check them out. Britta loves to recycle, and she is very talented at creating new uses for items many of us would be throwing in the trash.

For more information on recycling and shredding events or planting trees, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at or at 912-880-4888.

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