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Gather your recyclables for Saturday
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Next Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., is the quarterly Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital site on Highway 84 in Hinesville. Locally, we have 12 recycling drop-off centers to accept items, like newspapers, magazines, PET plastics, tin and aluminum cans, cardboard and glass bottles. However, there are many other items in our household that seriously need to be recycled. So we offer a Recycle It! Fair each quarter as a collection opportunity for some of these items that can be problematic for our environment if they are simply thrown away or dumped in the garbage.
At the upcoming Recycle It! Fair, we will be collecting a variety of items that I know we all have sitting around in closets and storage rooms at our homes. I hope you will take a few minutes and round them up for recycling.
We will be collecting e-waste — old computers, printers, monitors and any computer accessories as well as stereo equipment and televisions. We will also accept cell phones and accessories. Technology has truly revolutionized our lives in the past several decades, but electronics can create significant hazards if we simply dispose of them in landfills. Because technology changes so rapidly, items become obsolete quickly. Take the time to round these up and bring them in. All hard drives will be wiped clean for your security by our local Goodwill Industries. Recycling these items will not only benefit the environment, but will also benefit local service organizations who turn in some of these items for service project funds.
We will also accept household paint as long as the cans are sealed well and are not rusted. 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 items in your regular garbage. We’ll also take fluorescent light bulbs and fixtures. We want to make sure these items do not end up in landfills. Are you concerned about the mercury levels in the new and popular compact fluorescent lights? Then check out the website for Energy Star:
We will also accept used motor oil and antifreeze as well as car batteries with the help of Coastal Auto and Recycling. Remember with motor oil and antifreeze, always take them in to recycle. Never pour these items down the drain or into a storm drain or just dump them. They really cause severe water pollution problems. When you are storing motor oil and other auto fluids to bring in for recycling, it is essential to put them in clean, dry containers so the fluid is not contaminated.
Other items that can be recycles are household batteries, printer ink cartridges, telephone books, hardback books, household goods and clothes that are in clean, decent condition. We will have special collections for used children’s school uniforms in good condition. The YMCA is collecting these uniforms as a community service project, so bring them in to benefit local families in need.
We will also have some cute green bags as giveaways that can be used at home as recycle bags or as reusable shopping bags. When space is tight in your kitchen or when you have a small household, using sturdy canvas bags is a convenient option instead of using bulky recycling bins. These bags can be stored on hooks on the wall or kept out of the way in cabinets. They are a handy way to take items to the drop-off recycling centers as well. If you have never recycled and would like a free, easy way to “test drive” recycling, come by and pick up a few bags from us.
“Flat Tommy,” a cardboard celebrity in a statewide recycling awareness campaign, will also join us and be available for photos with local recyclers. Pictures will be added to our program’s Facebook page and many may end up on the statewide campaign site, If you have not checked out this site, you really need to do so. It is fun and informative.
 Recycling is one of the easiest ways each of us can help minimize some of the environmental problems our world faces. There are too many of us living on good old planet Earth and we generate a tremendous amount of trash, especially in the United States. By recycling, we can reduce the amount of waste filling up landfills and conserve our natural resources. So clean out your storage room and join us Saturday.

More upcoming KLCB events that need your help:
• June 20: Quarterly Recycle It! Fair. Recycle electronics, cell phones, ink cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, household paint (no rusted cans), household goods, motor oil and antifreeze, car batteries, household batteries and more.
• Nominations for Win-dex Awards for Attractive Businesses of the Quarter will be accepted through Junes 30. Contact Keep Liberty Beautiful for a form or information.
• Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.: Great American Cleanup volunteer celebration All volunteers are invited to join us for a brief awards presentation and a family movie night at Bethesda Church, 116 Patriots Trail (behind the health department). Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 368-4888 or
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