Our quarterly Recycle It! Fairs are scheduled for 2017. The first will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in three locations; the Liberty County Health Department, Walthourville City Hall, and the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway.
Three locations make it is easier than ever to drop off items for recycling.
In addition to collecting items for recycling or safe disposal this time, we will also hold a Shred It! Day in Walthourville. Shredding your old documents and personal information that you no longer need is a safe way to protect yourself from identity theft. It can also help you stay organized and free up room.
What types of items should you shred? The Federal Trade Commission suggests shredding old sales receipts, paid credit card statements, credit offers, ATM receipts, expired warranties, cancelled 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 cancelled checks, W-2s and records of tax deductions.
Shredding these items can make a difference. We recycled more than four and a half tons of shredded items alone at the last shred event.
Our partners, Goodwill Industries, Coastal Auto and Recycling, Liberty County Solid Waste, and law enforcement as well as the cities of Walthourville and Midway make it possible to offer these special recycling events.
The Recycle It! Fairs are for household and work items that cannot be recycled at the county’s recycling sites.
Our sites are:
• Liberty County Health Department parking lot at 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway
• Liberty County Community Complex at 9397 E. Oglethorpe near Midway
• Walthourville City Hall at 222 Busbee Dr.
Here is a list of the items we accept:
• e waste-electronics: Computers, printers, monitors, printer ink, toner cartridges and any accessories; stereo equipment, televisions, cell phones and accessories. All hard drives are wiped clean.
• household paint as long as the cans are sealed, not rusted and at least half full: If your cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand, let the paint dry up, and then dispose in your regular garbage. We can only accept paint that can be reused.
• CFL’s and fluorescent light bulbs
• used motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries: At Midway and Walthourville sites, we accept the batteries, but we can only accept the oil and antifreeze in clean, disposable containers. Never pour oil and antifreeze down a drain or storm sewer, or dump them.)
• household batteries
• telephone books and large sale catalogs: If you are not going to use the telephone books recently delivered, please pick them up and turn them in for recycling before they become litter.
• hardback books, paperbacks, and textbooks
• Prescription Take Back: Never flush old prescription medications or over the counter medications down the toilet. These items hurt our waterways and, consequently, on aquatic life and humans.
• household goods, clothes and shoes: In clean, decent condition.
If you plan to bring items for shredding to the Walthourville site, please be there by 12:45.
Just think of how much more room you will have in your closets, cabinets and storage areas at home and at work when get rid of all of these items for the fairs! We will be looking for you and your stuff.
Swida is director of Keep Liberty Beautiful.