Get that “honey do” list started this weekend so you will be ready for the next Recycle It! Fair on Sept. 14.
As always, we will accept a variety of items for recycling and/or re-use that cannot be turned in at our local recycling drop-off centers. We are happy to announce that we are expanding the Recycle It! Fairs to two additional locations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 14 in addition to the regular site at the Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway.
One of our new satellite sites is the Midway Fire Department on Highway 38/84 at the intersection of Highways 84 and 17.
The additional site will be at Walthourville City Hall.
At each site, we will accept almost all of the items we accept at the main site, so we feel that these new sites will make it easier for citizens on both ends of our county to recycle many items that often take up space in closets and storage rooms.
Our partners — Coastal Auto and Recycling, Liberty County Solid Waste, the Hinesville Police Department and Goodwill Industries — make these quarterly Recycle It! Fairs possible. We sincerely appreciate them.
We also appreciate our friends in Midway and Walthourville for helping us expand.
Many of these items release toxins over time and do not need to end up in a landfill. Their usefulness can be extended through re-use or by recycling the components that make up some of them to create additional products.
Here is a reminder of the items we will accept:
• E-waste — Electronics including computers, printers, monitors and any computer accessories; stereo equipment; televisions; and cell phones 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, not rusted and 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 lamps and fluorescent light bulbs — Check out the website on CFLs for Energy Star (www.energystar.gov) for more information on these energy-efficient lights.
• Used motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries — At the Midway and Walthourville sites, we will accept the car batteries, but 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. They really cause severe water-pollution problems.)
• Any household batteries
• Printer ink and toner cartridges
• Telephone books and large sale catalogs
• Hardback books, paperbacks and textbooks
• Prescription take-back at the Health Department for any old prescription medications and over-the-counter medications that you need disposed.
Please — never flush these items down the toilet! These types of items have a detrimental effect on our waterways and, consequently, on aquatic life and humans.
The only items the Hinesville Police Department cannot accept are hypodermic needles.
• Household goods and clothes (in clean, decent condition, please)
• Shoes, as well as a number of other items, for Midway Middle School’s recycling. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of the items MMS collects in its awesome recycling program.
Also on Sept. 14, we are promoting National Planting Day. Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, the day celebrates the value and power of using native species for local landscapes.
Keep Liberty Beautiful, in conjunction with KAB, encourages everyone to learn more about their native plants and to consider planting native species of trees, flowers and plants in their own yards.
We will have details on our Native Plant Giveaway next week. We will accept reservations for a free native plant per household starting Sept. 1.
Reserved plants will be available for pick up at each Recycle It! Fair site.
We also will have several random giveaways of items, like recycling T-shirts, recycling bins and even some gift cards, so join us for some fun as well as recycling!
I hope you will start cleaning out those storage rooms and closets now, so that you can bring in all these items taking up space in your homes.
Upcoming KLB events
• Oct. 24 — PTP luncheon with Walter Reeves, Georgia’s garden expert
• Oct. 26 — Eighth annual Rivers Alive in Liberty County
• Nov. 9 — Annual St. Catherines beach sweep