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It's a good month to clean up, recycle
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This month is a great time to clean out your closets and storage rooms with our quarterly Recycle It! Fair being held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at three locations.
Cleaning out closets can be a truly cathartic experience. I may not like doing it but once I get started, it almost is like a drug. Last weekend, I cleaned out cabinets and storage closets; this weekend, we are tackling the storage room (my husband doesn’t know it yet).
Recently, I sorted out the spice cabinet and reorganized and labeled all the spice jars.
Like I said, I may have a serious addiction. The next couple of weeks, you are invited to join me in this addictive process.
The Recycle It! Fair will take place at the Health Department in Flemington, the Midway Police Station and the Walthourville City Hall.
Here are the addresses to go to:
• Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway
• Midway Police Department, 10528 E. Oglethorpe Highway
• Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Drive
Here are the items we will accept:
• E-waste, including computers, printers, monitors and any computer accessories; stereo equipment; televisions; cellphones and accessories. All hard drives will be wiped clean by our local Goodwill Industries.
• Household paint. Cans must be sealed well, not be rusted and be at least half full. If your cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand to the paint, let it completely dry and dispose of the cans in your regular garbage. We can only collect paint that is in acceptable condition to reuse, so please follow the above information.
• Compact fluorescent lamp bulbs and fluorescent light bulbs
• Used motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries. At the Midway and Walthourville sites, we will accept the car batteries but we can accept only the oil and antifreeze in clean, disposable containers.  Remember to always 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.
• Any household batteries
• Printer ink and toner cartridges
• Telephone books and large sale catalogs
• Hardback books, paperbacks and textbooks
• Prescription Take Back will be held at all three locations for any old prescription medications and over-the-counter medications you need to dispose of (no hypodermic needles). 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.
• Household goods and clothes in clean, decent condition
• Shoes
• We can also accept TerraCycle items for recycling if your local school is involved in a collection items for these items. Check with your local school to see if you can help them.
The Georgia Arbor Day tree giveaways are a bonus for you at this month’s fair. To celebrate Georgia Arbor Day, Keep Liberty Beautiful again is providing a limited number of free trees for planting, including dogwoods, crepe myrtles (red, white, pink and lavender) and a few different varieties of oaks.
Contact Keep Liberty Beautiful by Feb. 17 to reserve a tree. The trees will be available for pick-up from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 20,  at Farmers Natural Foods or on Feb. 21 at all three Recycle It! Fair sites. Giveaways are limited to one tree per household or organization. Call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or email

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