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Keep Liberty Beautiful: Get ready for Recycle It! fairs and Free Shred Day
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

When you look up the word recycling, you will learn that it is the method of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. 

When you recycle, it helps to recover energy from waste materials that are usually thrown away. The recyclability of a material depends on its ability to reacquire the properties it had in its original state. 

It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. It can also prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reducing energy use, air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling).

Recycling is easy, and Keep Liberty Beautiful wants to help you make a daily difference for a healthy environment!

Recycling makes it possible to conserve natural resources much more effectively. The other essential thing to know about recycling is that once you begin recycling, it is a straightforward process that can easily fit into your daily routine.

Recycling is simple if you start with a couple of items to collect. Then add additional items as recycling becomes a habit.

There is a misconception that recycling takes a lot of time. It does not!

When recycling is set up wisely, it is as easy as tossing items in the trash can, but you just have to use a different container for them.

We have a county-operated drop-off system for recycling here in Liberty County. I find that using a recycling bag system for collecting and taking your recycling makes the whole collection process much more manageable.

We provide a bag system of three bags as a courtesy to interested recyclers.

These bags can hang in a pantry or on cabinet knobs and are ready at a moment’s notice when you head out with your recycling.

If you are interested in a set of bags, please contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful.

This Saturday, KLB will offer another way you can recycle. Provided every quarter, our Recycle It! fairs make recycling easier for collecting numerous household items that cannot be dropped off at local recycling drop-off centers. 

This quarter’s fairs are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at two convenient locations:

1.Liberty County Community Complex, 9397 East Oglethorpe in Midway

2. Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Drive in Walthourville.

Here are the items we will recycle this weekend:

• Electronics and electronic accessories

• Cell phones and accessories

• CFLs and fluorescent lightbulbs (4 inches or less)

• Used motor oil and antifreeze

• Paper

• Car batteries

• Household batteries

• Printer ink and toner cartridges

• Telephone books, large sale catalogs and books

• Household goods and clothes

• Shoes (gently used, please; shoes will be given to small businesses and local charities)

• Old prescription medications and over-the- counter medications (no needles or syringes)

• Any Febreze-brand used air freshener products • Blanket, towels and sheets (clean, please, for the humane shelter) Also remember the Free Shred Day on Aug.13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walthourville City Hall in Walthourville only.

Make sure that the papers are not wet and are metal- free.

In America, the current recycling rate is 32%, and I know we can increase that rate in Liberty County. We should all do our part by collecting items that can be recycled this Saturday.

Bring a few things in and see how easy it is to become a recycler!

If you have a lot of stuff stored away, you need to come and see us this weekend! For more information on recycling and shredding needs, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at (912) 880-4888 or klcb@liberty

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