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Well, it is that time of the year - new phone books are here! Yes, that is why your mailbox is stuffed and overflowing.
Thank goodness it is not all Christmas bills.
Have you ever noticed how many pages are in these gargantuan phone books? I have - 726 pages! I know, I know, you're thinking that I must have an incredibly exciting life.
Well, it gets worse. I also weighed one. Each of our local phone books weighs a whopping pound and a half. Each one is full of paper that can certainly be recycled into other useful paper products.
So, stop immediately. Do not toss that old phone book in your garbage can. We have a number of local drop-off sites around the county where you can turn in old phone books for recycling as you run errands in the next several weeks. We have set up temporary recycling containers around the county in local municipal offices as well as a number of drop-off points around Fort Stewart until Feb. 15.
Drop-off Locations are:
Liberty County Courthouse Annex lobb
Hinesville City Hall lobby,
Midway City Hall lobby,
Riceboro City Hall lobby,
Walthourville City Hall porch,
Flemington City Hall lobby,
Fort Stewart Solid Waste Convenience Center at 685 McFarland Road
Any Fort Stewart residence polycart or blue recycle dumpster.
We also want to encourage any business and industry to collect all old phone books. We can also accept out-of-date sales catalogs. They can be as gigantic as those phone books. We will be happy to arrange a courtesy pick up for any businesses collecting these phone books and sales catalogs for recycling between now and Feb. 15. Just call Keep Liberty County Beautiful at 368-4888 to arrange for pick up for your company.
If you are still not convinced about recycling, consider these facts:
Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
In 2006, a record 53.4 percent of the paper consumed in the United States was recovered for recycling. That is more than 53 million tons recycled. After weighing that phone book, 50 million tons is easier to imagine now! That 53 percent recycled is certainly impressive, but that simply means that another 50 million tons are still going into landfills unused.
More than 36 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States now comes from recycled sources. Using these recycled sources not only saves all those trees, it saves energy too.
Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.  
Help us keep these recyclable items out of our landfills.

Upcoming KLCB events:
Now through Feb. 15, Georgia Arbor Day in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, we are offering trees for planting around our community. So we are inviting all interested schools, churches, businesses and civic and youth groups to join us by planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Cal us at 368-4888 to reserve your trees, while our supply lasts. Trees are the answer for a beautiful community, so plant trees this February.
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, call Swida at 368-4888 or email her at
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