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Keep Liberty Beautiful: Recycle It! Fairs and Shred It! Day
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

Our next quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in two locations in Liberty County: City Hall in Walthourville and the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway. Two locations make it easier to drop off various items for recycling!

In addition to the items we collect for recycling or safe disposal, we will also hold a Shred It! Day event in conjunction with the Recycle It! Fair in Walthourville. Shredding your old documents and personal information that you no longer need is a safe way to protect yourself from identity theft. Now is the time to sort through your old records in preparation for this event!

What types of items should you think about shredding? The Federal Trade Commission suggests shredding these items: old sales receipts; paid credit card statements; credit offers; ATM receipts; expired warranties; canceled checks that are not tax-related; old pay stubs; bank statements; and paid, undisputed medical bills. After seven years, consider shredding tax-related receipts and canceled checks, W-2s, and records of tax deductions taken. Your efforts to shred these items can make a significant difference. We recycled more than a ton of shredded things alone at the last event, so start cleaning out those storage areas and closets.

Our local partners — Fort Stewart, Liberty County Solid Waste, local law enforcement, Savannah Shred Company, and the cities of Walthourville and Midway — make it possible to offer these special recycling events in two locations each quarter. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs collect items used around the house and workplace that cannot be recycled at local recycling drop-off sites.

Our fair sites, which are both open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., are:

• County Community Complex, 9397 East Oglethorpe in Midway

• Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Drive in Walthourville Here is a list of the items we accept for recycling or disposal:

• e-Waste, including electronics like computers, printers, monitors and any computer accessories; stereo equipment and televisions; and cell phones and accessories. All hard drives are wiped clean for your security.

• Household paint, as long as the cans are sealed well, are not rusted, and are at least half full. If your cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand to the paint, allow it to dry out completely, and then dispose of the cans in your regular garbage. We can only collect paint that is in acceptable condition to reuse, so please take note.

• Used motor oil and antifreeze in clean, disposable containers, as well as car batteries.

Remember to always recycle motor oil and antifreeze as soon as possible. Never pour these items down the drain or into a storm drain, and don’t just dump them.

• Household batteries

• Printer ink and toner cartridges

• Telephone books and large sale catalogs.

If you are not going to use the telephone books recently delivered around our county, please pick them up and turn them in for recycling before they become litter next to your mailbox.

• Hardback books, paperbacks and textbooks

• Any old prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you need to dispose of. Never flush these items down the toilet! These have a detrimental effect on our waterways and, consequently, on aquatic life and humans — that’s us!

• Household goods, clothes and shoes, in clean, decent condition, please.

• Documents for the Shred It! Fair, accepted at the Walthourville site only (222 Busbee Drive). Cars must be on-site by 12:45 p.m. at the latest. All of the paper from the Shred It! event will be recycled.

Think of how much more room you will have in your closets, cabinets and storage areas at home and work when you collect all of these items for the fairs. We will be looking for you and your stuff! For more information, please contact us at (912) 880-4888 or or visit our website at www.

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