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Keep Liberty Beautiful: This Saturday is the perfect time to recycle
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Dr. Karen Bell

Keep Liberty Beautiful

It is your last chance to recycle all those electronics and household items that are taking up the space you need It is that time again! Check your closets, storage rooms, and office storage for household items and old electronics that need to be recycled. 

So we are here to help on November 19, 2022! The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs and Shred-It Day are scheduled for this Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. We will have two fair locations in the county to make it easier to recycle a variety of items that can be recycled successfully or disposed of properly.

As most of you know, the local recycling drop-off centers throughout the county are available for drop off for regularly used items, including newspapers (even the inserts), paper, magazines, many types of plastics (bottles and containers), glass bottles, tin cans, aluminum cans, and cardboard. The quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are for other items that are used around the house and around the workplace.

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

• Liberty County Community Complex, 9397 East Oglethorpe in Midway

 • Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Drive in Walthourville Do not forget our Tire Round-Up with 104 Logistic LLC is on Saturday, November 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Midway location. Residents of Liberty County can recycle their tires for free.

According to GOODWALL BLOG, by recycling, you can help the environment. The blog stated that recycling is one of the best ways to fight climate change and save the planet we live on.

When we recycle, it conserves resources. Like recycling plastic, we reduce the need for more plastic to be manufactured. By recycling paper, we do our part to lessen deforestation and save trees from being cut down. Separating cans and other metals helps to cut down on damaging mining and our growing need for raw materials. It takes much more energy to create industrial-grade materials from scratch than just reforming and reusing old materials. For example, it is estimated that “recycling aluminum saves 90% to 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from bauxite ore.”

Recycling saves energy because recycled materials don’t require factories to expend so much greenhouse gas emissions as they would if they had created the same item from scratch using raw materials.

Recycling also protects the environment. When we cut down on the number of new materials and natural resources, we need to extract from the earth, whether through farming, mining, logging, etc., we protect vulnerable ecosystems and wildlife from harm or eradication and allow them to exist for generations to come. Recycling materials emit way fewer greenhouse gases into the environment than primary production. Recycling can slow down the need for more landfills. There are 2,000 active landfills in the United States, all full of solid waste. This doesn’t account for the many that have been closed due to reaching capacity or the future landfills that’ll have to be created when the active landfills become full.

Lastly, the blog points out that recycling can create jobs. That’s right: believe it or not, one of the benefits of recycling is that it helps create jobs! A study by Friends of the Earth determined that reaching a 70% home recycling rate would create 51,400 jobs in the United Kingdom alone. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that achieving a 75% recycling rate nationwide would create 1.5 million new jobs in the US.

So, save our planet and recycle this Saturday by bringing your shoes, clothes, tires, and household hazards, to one of the Recycle It! Fairs. Just think how much more room you will have in your closets, cabinets, and storage areas at home and work. See you on November 19, 2022! We will be looking for you and your STUFF!

For more information, please contact us at (912) 880-4888 or klcb@libertycountyga. com or www.

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