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Gather recyclables, head to fair
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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Next Saturday, Oct. 2, Keep Liberty Beautiful will host this quarter’s Recycle It! Fair at the Kiwanis Club’s gigantic yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in downtown Hinesville’s Bradwell Park. This is a great time for people to drop off any unneeded electronics and household items for recycling. Please note, regular recyclers, we will not be at the old hospital site as we have been in the past.
We have Recycle It! Fairs each quarter to collect electronics and household hazardous waste items. Electronics, such as televisions, computers and cell phones, and household items, such as paint and batteries, should not end up in the waste stream. These items release toxins that are not healthy for the environment or for us. We do not need toxins in our soil or in our groundwater.
Electronics and household hazardous waste often can be recycled or re-used, which helps to conserve energy and natural resources that would have gone into new production. Recycling is a win-win situation.
We will accept the following items next Saturday:
• e waste: old computers, printers, monitors, computer accessories, ink cartridges, stereo equipment and televisions, cell phones and cell phone accessories. Technology has truly revolutionized our lives in the past several decades, but electronics can create significant hazards if disposed of in landfills. All hard drives will be wiped clean for security purposes by Goodwill Industries. Recycling these items benefits the environment and local service organizations.
• Household waste: batteries, telephone books, hardback books, clothes (in good condition), fluorescent light bulbs and paint (Cans must be sealed well and not rusted. If cans are not in good condition, add cat litter or sand to the paint, let it completely dry up and then dispose of the paint in your regular garbage.)
• Automotive fluids and parts: used motor oil, antifreeze and, car batteries. Thanks to Coastal Auto and Recycling for helping us handle these items. Never pour automotive fluids down a drain or into a storm drain or just dump them. They cause severe water pollution problems. When you are storing motor oil and other auto fluids to bring in for recycling, put them in clean, dry containers so the fluid is not contaminated.
I’m thankful that being involved with Keep Liberty Beautiful has allowed me to see the best of humanity in the volunteers who give their time to make this world a better place. You also see the handiwork every day of people whose careless choices litter up our world. Unfortunately, sometimes — like last week — I have to accept the fact that there are some pretty sorry people in this world.
Once again, a thief has visited the old Mills House. You might remember that someone broke in before and stole fundraising items from the Hinesville Area Arts Council. Last week, this thief — yes, I do think it is the same person or people — struck again, stealing two planters off the  front porch. A few months ago, a church group installed these containers to spruce up the building’s entry. The planters and plants in them were not that expensive, but the true value of these items was in the volunteer effort that made them possible. A few years ago, someone kept stealing azaleas from a project that a scout group did at a solid waste convenience center.
I have to ask: Who steals from a nonprofit, like the Arts Council, or from volunteer projects? I just want the thief to know that if you really need planters and decorative items, please call me. I would rather pay to decorate your house than see items that belong to charities and nonprofits stolen.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:
Nominations for Win-dex Awards for attractive businesses in Liberty County will be accepted through Sept. 30. Contact the chamber of commerce or Keep Liberty Beautiful for information.
• Saturday, Oct. 2: Recycle It! Fair for electronics and household items.
• Saturday, Oct. 23: Fifth Annual Rivers Alive Cleanups at 20 locations in our county.

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