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Make room for the holidays
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Ready or not, it is coming. Only 25 days to the official beginning of the holiday season. This is a perfect time to make room for all of the decorations and new gadgets and other presents coming your way.

It is a great time to help your children clear out toys and electronics that they no longer play with. It is also a good time to go through that old junk drawer and bag up those household batteries and old cell phones and accessories to recycle and make way for the new stuff.

We are having a shred day in a few weeks so it is a good time as the year is ending to sort and purge your records and financial information.

Our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs and next Shred It! Day are scheduled strategically before the holidays to help you to clean out your house and storage areas.

Our next Community Shred It! Day will be Nov. 19 at the Liberty County Health Department. Shredding documents that you no longer need is one of the safest ways to protect your identity. Consider reviewing your documents at work and at home to determine what can be destroyed. Outdated records to consider include bank statements, credit applications, health insurance forms, prescription labels and paperwork, physician statements, etc., along with any receipts that show credit card numbers. All of the paper shredded will be recycled.

The Shred it! Day will be in conjunction with this quarter’s Recycle It! Fairs, from 9 1.m. to 1 p.m. also on Nov. 19.

The Recycle It! Fairs are collection points for items used around the house and at work that don’t fit convenience center items. Local partners, Goodwill Industries, Coastal Auto and Recycling, Liberty County Solid Waste, and local law enforcement as well as the cities of Walthourville and Midway make it possible to offer these recycling events each quarter. Sites are:

• Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway

• Liberty County Community Complex in Midway, 9397 E. Oglethorpe

• Walthourville City Hall, 222 Busbee Drive

Here are explanations of the items can accept for recycling:

• e waste- electronics: including computers, printers, monitors and accessories; stereo equipment and televisions; cell phones and accessories. All hard drives are wiped clean for your security by Goodwill Industries.

• household paint as long as the cans are sealed well, not rusted and are at least half full. If your cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand to the paint, let it completely dry up, and then dispose of the cans in your regular garbage.

• CFL’s and fluorescent light bulbs

• used motor oil and antifreeze as well as car batteries. At the Midway and Walthourville sites, we can only accept 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 and paperback books

• household goods, clothes and shoes in clean, decent condition.

• Prescription Take Back at all three locations for any old prescription medications and over the counter medications that you need to dispose of. Never flush these items down the toilet.

Remember the Shred It! Day is only at the health department. For questions about shredding documents or recycling at the Recycle It! Fairs, contact Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880 4888 or

Swida is director of Keep Liberty Beautiful.

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