America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and recycling is something we should be thinking about and doing every day.
We will celebrate recycling with a number of activities in our local schools, and we also will hold our quarterly Recycle It! Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Our quarterly fair gives citizens the opportunity to recycle items that cannot be recycled at the drop-off centers.
If you have never visited a Recycle It! Fair, this is a great time to start. We will have a variety of drawings for prizes throughout the morning at the main site at the health department in Hinesville and at the satellite sites, the Midway Fire Department and Walthourville City Hall.
Many of these items that we accept release toxins over time and do not need to end up in a landfill. The usefulness of many of these items can be extended through re-use or by recycling the components that make up some of these items to create additional products.
We will accept:
• e-waste — Electronics including computers, printers, monitors, and any computer accessories; stereo equipment and televisions; cellphones and accessories. All hard drives will be wiped clean for your security by our local Goodwill Industries.
• Household paint, as long as the cans are sealed well, are 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.
• Compact fluorescent and fluorescent light bulbs
• Used motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries. At the Midway and Walthourville sites, we will accept the car batteries, but we can accept only 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; they can cause severe water pollution.)
• any household batteries
• printer ink and toner cartridges
• telephone books and large sale catalogs
• hardback books, paperbacks and textbooks
• Old prescription and over-the-counter medications at the health department (no hypodermic needles)
• household goods and clothes in clean, decent condition, please
• shoes and other items for Midway Middle School’s recycling. Check the school’s website for a list of the items that MMS collects for their incredible recycling program.
Thank you to our community partners who help make these fairs possible: Goodwill Industries, Coastal Auto and Recycling, Liberty County Solid Waste, and the cities of Midway and Walthourville.
Please take the pledge this month at our local fair or go online to www.americarecyclesday.org and join the millions of people who make recycling a way of life!
For more information, go to www.keeplibertybeautiful.org.