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Put those old phone books to good use
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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It’s time to end a close relationship. I am talking about your relationship with that old phonebook you’ve been spending time with for the past year or so. It is time to give it the boot and make room for a new book in your life. But, don’t just toss it in the trash. Turn that phonebook in so it can be recycled.
Typically, the book contains more than 800 pages that can be recycled into other useful paper products. That is about a pound and a half of paper in each book that can be recycled. Just think how many trees would be saved if every household and business in Liberty County recycled their phonebooks. That’s a lot of paper.
This week, we will be putting out collection boxes around town as drop-off sites for your recycling convenience. They will remain until Feb. 19. Drop-off sites will include municipal and government offices as well as a few other locations:
• Liberty County Courthouse Annex lobby in Hinesville
• City hall lobby in Hinesville
• City hall lobby in Midway
• City hall lobby in Riceboro
• City hall porch in Walthourville
• City hall lobby in Flemington
Local businesses and industries also are encouraged to collect their old phonebooks and business catalogs. KLCB will be happy to arrange a pickup for any businesses with a lot of phonebooks and sales catalogs for recycling between now and Feb. 19. Just call 880-4888 to arrange a pickup.
 If you are not convinced that recycling can make a difference, 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.
• More than 36 percent of the fiber used to make new paper products in the United States now comes from recycled sources.
• Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
• Many paper products can be recycled several times. What an opportunity to extend the life of resources.
Moving on to other matters, Georgia Arbor Day is Friday, Feb. 19. That might seem a long time from now, but the second annual Arbor Day photo competition and exhibition will be here before you know it. If you are photography buff or just a nature lover with a camera, start planning now to participate in the competition to celebrate Arbor Day.
The annual event, created by Laura and Meredith Devendorf, is the result of a partnership with Melon Bluff Nature Center, the Hinesville Area Arts Council and the Georgia Forestry Commission. The event is open for entries in two divisions: a senior division (adults 17 and older) and a junior division (ages 10-16).
The criteria for the photo competition and the prizes will be online soon at www.melonbluff.com and www.hinesvillearts.com.
By the way, I should let you all know that we have moved. The office of Keep Liberty County Beautiful is now in Midway behind city hall at 9397 Oglethorpe Highway. Our new office phone number is 880-4888.

More upcoming KLCB events that need your help or participation:
• Feb. 8-19: Georgia Arbor Day. In partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, we will be offering a limited number of young trees for planting around the community. Interested schools, churches, businesses, civic and youth groups can join us by planting trees in celebration of Arbor Day. Call 368-4888 to reserve your trees while supplies last. Trees are the answer for a beautiful community so plant one now!

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 368-4888 or klcb@coastalnow.net.
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