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Recycle old phone books and catalogs
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Start this new year right by recycling your old phone books and the gazillion sales catalogs you received during the holiday season.
That local phonebook contains hundreds of pages of paper that can be recycled into other useful paper products. A lot of trees will thank you for this! Just think how many trees could be used for other purposes if every household and business in Liberty County recycled their phonebooks.  That’s a lot of paper.
Many types of paper can actually be recycled up to six times. But we need your help to make that happen. A number of sources estimate that around 10 percent of landfill space is taken up by these books. A lot of trees give their lives for us to “let our fingers do the walking” through those yellow pages. I encourage you to round up those books and give this paper a chance to be used again.
We will set up drop-off boxes in several extra locations around the county from Jan. 15-Feb. 15 for your convenience. These items also can be dropped off in the magazine-recycling bins at any Liberty County recycling center.
Here are the additional drop-off locations:
• The Liberty County Annex lobby on Main Street in Hinesville
• Hinesville City Hall lobby on M.L. King Jr. Drive
• Flemington City Hall on Old Sunbury Road
• Riceboro City Hall on Highway 17
• Allenhurst City Hall on Highway 84
• Midway City Hall at the Midway Mini-Mall
• The Liberty County Community Complex in Midway
If you are employed with a local business, industry or school and have a substantial number of books, please call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888. We will try to arrange a courtesy pick-up.
If you are not convinced that recycling can make a difference, consider these facts from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
• Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
• In 2006, a record 53.4 percent of the paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling. That is more than 53 million tons recycled. That 53 percent recycled is certainly impressive, but that means that another 50 million tons are still going into landfills. What a waste!
• More than 36 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States now comes from recycled sources. Using these recycled sources not only saves all those trees, it saves energy — and often money, too.
• Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
Help us keep these recyclable items out of our landfills. Recycle your phonebooks and business catalogs this month. The important thing is this: Do not trash these books! We want to provide an opportunity for everyone to recycle.
Trees everywhere will thank you for it!

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