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Recycle and then recycle some more
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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An example of what “not to do” with old tires and vehicles. - photo by Photo provided.
I will never understand why people think it is acceptable to dump old furniture, appliances, tires, and other unwanted items along our roads, in the woods and even in our creeks. It is disgusting! Last year during Rivers Alive, we found a refrigerator shell, an old mattress and furniture in the marshes. It is a little silly when you realize items like these — white goods — can be disposed of at the solid waste convenience centers. Tires can also be turned in at the Liberty County transfer station Monday through Friday for a processing fee. Often, you can return tires to the store where they were purchased for recycling. I get really irritated with folks who dump these things. They are not only trashing our community, they are breaking the law.
We are making it even easier for residents to recycle old tires by sponsoring the fee-free Old Tire Roundup Days for non-commercial tires. If you live in Liberty County and have old tires to turn in, now is the time to “round them up.” Bring in tires to the Liberty County Solid Waste transfer station from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 17-19 at 625 Rogers Pasture Road. Tires will be accepted from noncommercial individuals without a fee for processing. In conjunction with the Recycle It! Fair, we will also accept tires from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at the old hospital site on Highway  84.  
Commercial businesses will need to pay a processing fee to turn in tires at the transfer station. Processing tires is expensive and we are grateful for a state grant that’s allowing us to make this opportunity possible for residents.
I often think we take for granted the many helpful services civic, youth and church groups provide in our community. On May 19 during the Recycle It! Fair, we want to showcase some of these groups by recycling common items to either raise funds for community projects or to provide for “reuse” by those in need. Sure, I do have another ulterior motive: I also want folks to recycle! Recycling is even better when it helps our community in additional ways beyond reducing the amount of waste going into landfills. These groups make this happen everyday with their collection projects.
 Here are just a few:
• Midway Middle School Builders Club led a plastics recycling project last year. Two of our local schools placed in the top 10 in the nation in their collection efforts and our community received 2,000 fleece jackets for children in our county.  This year, the club is collecting old athletic shoes for the Nike Grind Recycling Campaign. Bring your old sport shoes (clean, please) which will be recycled into products for playground mulch and sports court floors. All parts of these shoes can be recycled.
• The Young Adult Liberty Leaders are spearheading the Students for Recycling Project this year by collecting plastic soda and water bottles. The competition has been fierce. Although the contest in the schools is winding down this week, YALL will be accepting community donations of plastics at the Recycle It! Fair and in area recycling drop-off centers through May 31. Bottles should be rinsed and dry with tops removed. They can be delivered in garbage bags to the event. The communities of the top 50 schools in the nation will receive recycled bookbags for children in need.
• United Way collects cell phones to recycle to increase funds for community services.   We are so fortunate to have someone like Leah Poole heading this organization. Her heart for helping is as big as her efforts to provide as many services in our community as possible. She definitely “thinks out of the box” for creative ways to maximize funding for local United Way service organizations.
• The Hinesville Fire Department makes an extra effort to go beyond protecting Hinesville citizens by fighting fires. The department also collects aluminum cans to raise money for the Burn Foundation. Please bring your aluminum cans, rinsed and dried, to help this worthy cause.
• The Manna House collects many items on a regular basis to help families in need in our area.  During the fair, they will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items. Please share some food from your pantry. Make sure the expiration dates on items are still good .
• Goodwill Industries will also have a truck at the fair May 19 to accept household goods, furniture, clothing,and electronics to redistribute to those in need and use in the local Goodwill Stores. Recycling these goods helps support other Goodwill programs, such as workforce development. Clothing, furniture and household goods should be in good condition. Electronics may be non-working. The hard drives of computers donated will be cleaned on the spot for safety purposes.
• We will also be accepting titles for junk or old cars for the Diabetes Association.  What a great way to remove a junk item from your yard and help others. Please bring the title and removal efforts will be arranged for a later date.
These are just some of the organizations that need your help to make a difference.  Recycling truly can be a continuous cycle of benefits.
In partnership with the Liberty County Solid Waste Department, we will also have drop-off sites at the fair for items that should never go in our landfills, such as scrap tires, used motor oil, used antifreeze, old household batteries, car batteries, paint, etc.  
If your local community, church or youth organization accepts items to recycle as a fundraising or service project and you would like to participate in the fair, contact me. If you make crafts or household projects from recycled items and would like to share your ideas at the fair, give me a call. We will also have recycling information and giveaways like bookmarks, stickers, reusable shopping bags, etc. for kids and families who drop by.
Clip-and-save reminders about upcoming events with the Great American Cleanup:
• Saturday (9 a.m.-noon): Fix It Up and Clean It Up at Martha Randolph Stevens Park. Lunch and drinks provided. Call Alonzo Bryant at 884 5779.
• May 17-19: Old Tire Roundup in Liberty County. Noncommercial and Liberty County residents only may participate. Tires may be delivered on May 17-18 to the Liberty County transfer station at 625 Rogers Pasture Road between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tires may be delivered on between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 19  to the old hospital site on Highway 84 in Hinesville. No commercial customers!  For information, call 368-4888 or 884-5353.
• May 19 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Recycle It! Fair at the old hospital site on Highway 84. Help service organizations and nonprofits collect items for recycling: old athletic shoes, plastic water and soda bottles, cell phones, aluminum cans, old paint, household batteries, car batteries, used antifreeze and motor oil, telephone books, electronics,  scrap tires ( no commercial will be accepted), — even old cars. Any nonprofit groups wishing to participate should contact me.
• Through May 31: Young Adult Liberty Leaders and local schools are spearheading a recycling collection for plastic bottles (soda and water type bottles) with the Students for Recycling national project. Please help these young leaders help our community.
• Midway Middle School Builders Club is collecting athletic shoes for recycling through the Nike Grind project. All parts of them can be recycled.  
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact me at 368-4888 or
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