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Keep Liberty County Beautiful: Recycling days pay benefits for county
Karen Bell
Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell.

Keep Liberty Beautiful has quarterly recycling fairs and shred days four times a year. We hope this makes it easy for our community to recycle and eliminate some household hazardous items.

 This past weekend at the Recycle It! Fairs and Shred Day, we were able to keep the following recyclable items out of the landfill: Cellphone / Accessories 301 CFL & LED Bulbs, 82 Household Batteries 826 Ink / Toner Cartridges 49 Paper Shred 3,900lbs Household Goods 8,410lbs The fairs may be over but remember, recycling can happen every day. You can use the recycling centers, or some cities in Liberty County and Fort Stewart have curbside recycling.

The most important thing is that we recycle! When it comes to recycling, it’s super important to know precisely what and how to recycle. Once you add a contaminated item to a recycling bin, it can ruin the entire batch. This will result in sending it to the landfill instead of the recycling center. And, just like that, all your good recycling intentions go to waste. Here are some excellent tips on doing your recycling:

• Package deliveries: It’s important to know that the only thing recyclable from most packages is the cardboard box itself. Parcels come with a lot of tape, bubble wrap, plastic air bags, cellophane wrapping, and foam peanuts to keep your items safe during transport. Unfortunately, none of these materials belongs in your recycle bin. Save these items for your own packing needs or place them in your waste bin.

• Pizza boxes: While pizza boxes are made of recyclable cardboard, it’s no longer recyclable once the package is soiled with cheese and grease. Dirty pizza boxes create a more significant problem when placed in recycling bins because they contaminate clean recyclables. Often, the bottom is soiled with grease and food while the top remains clean. Tear the clean part off the box and place it in your recycling bin because only clean cardboard can be made into new paper. As for the other soiled half, it goes in your waste bin.

• Paper plates, napkins & paper towels: Like pizza boxes, these items are not recyclable when soiled with food and liquid. When it comes to these items, opt for the real thing whenever possible, but go for biodegradable when that’s not an option.

• Plastic bottles: Americans buy 50 billion plastic water bottles a year, yet only one of every four is recycled. This is a huge miss because those bottles are in high demand to be made into many everyday products like athletic clothing, carpet, and more - so, recycle, recycle, recycle!

• Aluminum cans: Cans are recyclable! Aluminum is forever recyclable and provides unrivaled benefits for sustainability. It’s important to rinse and shake them dry first so they don’t ruin cardboard and paper in the bin.

When recycling, keep the materials as clean and dry as possible. Here is a list of the convenience centers and hours: Monday - Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Convenience Centers

•344 Fort Morris Road (East End Convenience Center)

•50 Isle of Wight Road (Midway Area, U.S. 84 & Isle of Wight Road)

•619 J.V. Road (West Side of Hinesville)

•64 Left Field Road (U.S. 84 at Miller Park Recreation Area)

•836 Limerick Road (Old Landfill Entrance near Lake George)

•156 Pate Rogers Road (Fleming Area, behind “Short Cut” Convenience Store)

•25 South Dairy Road (SR 196 West, South of Gumbranch) Please note that the following Recycling Centers are open 24 hours

•129 Sandy Run Road (Off U.S. 84, at the Enmark Station)

•941 E.G. Miles Parkway (SR 196 West, at the Training Center)

•4000 South Coastal Highway (U.S. 17 just North of Riceboro) These Recyclable Items Are Collected At All Our Recycling Centers:

•Plastics #1 - Plastic water and beverage bottles

•Plastics #2 - Water and milk jugs

•Mixed Plastics #3 thru #7 - All other plastic items with the recyclable symbols 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7

•Aluminum - Aluminum beverage cans

•Cardboard - Corrugated cardboard boxes

•Steel or Tin Cans Food and soup cans

•Newspaper - Newspaper, including all the inserts inside

•Glass - Bottles - Beverage and food containers Visit the KLB website for more information, www.keeplibertybeautiful. org. You can also contact us at Keep Liberty Beautiful by phone at (912) 8804888 or email at klcb@libertycountyga.com. The countywide Rivers Alive cleanup is on October 23, 2021. Please join us.

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